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The bipartisan legislation's sponsors say it would benefit hospitals by reducing emergency department crowding and costs attributed to non-reimbursable emergency services.

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The Welcome Back to the Health Care Workforce Act, endorsed by America's Essential Hospitals, seeks to ease persistent workforce shortages with federal grants to help internationally educated health care professionals overcome barriers to entering the U.S. workforce.

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The $1.2 trillion appropriations package includes about $117 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services. Far-right conservatives in the House consider ousting Speaker Mike Johnson for negotiating spending deals with Democrats.

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The bill, which America’s Essential Hospitals endorses, would reauthorize for five years the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, which provides funding for education, peer-support programs, behavioral and mental health treatment, and other activities related to provider burnout.

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The fiscal year 2024 appropriations package also delays by three months the fiscal year 2025 cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding, giving lawmakers time after the general election to return to this issue and other year-end spending priorities.

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Following action to avert a partial government shutdown March 1, congressional lawmakers released an appropriations plan for the remainder of the current fiscal year that would eliminate the looming $8 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding.

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In this exclusive webinar for Federal Action Network (FAN) members, industry experts offered useful insight into the annual government funding process and explained how health systems can access critical resources.

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Congressional leaders announced a new, two-part continuing resolution that would fund some government agencies through March 1 and others through March 8; a continued delay of an $8 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding is in the latter.

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Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement on topline spending levels for fiscal year 2024 but still must hammer out action on various health care issues, including stopping $16 billion cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

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With two federal government funding measures set to expire Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 and opposition to additional short- or long-term funding, Congress returns from recess to face again the looming threat of a government shutdown.

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A Nov. 29 House hearing on the use of artificial intelligence in health care could have implications for AI applications and data privacy protections.

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A proposed stop-gap funding measure in the House would delay an $8 billion Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding cut through Jan. 19, while Senate legislation would eliminate $16 billion in DSH cuts over the next two fiscal years.

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The committee will examine policies to extend vital federal programs, including eliminating the next two years of scheduled Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding cuts.

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Newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) confronts a looming deadline to fund the federal government. Essential hospital advocates come to Washington, D.C., for the association's fall legislative fly-in, Policy Assembly.

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The 11th-hour measure to fund the federal government through Nov. 17 pushed back a damaging $8 billion cut to Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments that had been scheduled for Oct. 1.

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In a session to consider several health care–related bills, Louisiana's senior senator and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions pointed to America's Essential Hospitals' advocacy opposing site-neutral payments in his criticism of the package.

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In the Sept. 14 letter to House and Senate leaders, members of America’s Essential Hospitals warned of the “far-reaching effects” of scheduled deep cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding and said the cuts would “undermine America’s health care safety net.”

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In a recent letter to House leaders, America's Essential Hospitals voiced its support of a legislative proposal that would avert $16 billion in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding but cautioned against other onerous policies, including for site-neutral payment.

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Political posturing on appropriations has made a government shutdown next month increasingly likely. Congress also faces a Sept. 30 deadline for other key issues, including stopping an $8 billion cut to Medicaid DSH funding.

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With a federal government shutdown looming, Congress likely will be consumed with passing fiscal year 2024 appropriations or a continuing resolution for stopgap funding when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., in September.

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Congress must act by Sept. 30 to avert a government shutdown and stop an $8 billion cut to disproportionate share hospital payments. Deadlines also loom for a sweeping pandemic preparedness bill and opioid use disorder treatment services.

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In its response to a bipartisan group of senators, America's Essential Hospitals urges lawmakers to resist drug industry attacks on the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to protect the program's benefits to essential hospitals and marginalized patients.

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A key House subcommittee marks up the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act as Democrats criticize the bill for falling short on measures to fix drug shortages. An appropriations bill that would fund the Department of Health and Human Services clears a House appropriations panel.

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved a measure to eliminate $16 billion of cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding as part of a package that also includes measures for pricing transparency and site-neutral payments.

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With the 2022 midterm elections two weeks away, congressional lawmakers have started the sprint toward Election Day. Must-do items, including legislation to fund the federal government, will keep them busy in the post-election period.

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The Senate passed a funding package for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments and now must reconcile its version with House-passed legislation.

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Senate leaders hope to pass by Labor Day legislation to appropriate funds for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments; a Senate committee will examine Medicaid fraud.

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Lawmakers approve funding for the federal government through April 28, 2017, and pass legislation that includes two key advocacy wins for essential hospitals: socioeconomic risk adjustment and partial relief from outpatient department payment cuts.

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Congress plans to vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Dec. 9. The Senate is expected to pass 21st Century Cures legislation.

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Lawmakers are closing in on negotiations for 21st Century Cures legislation and also working to complete a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 2017.

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The impending full control of government by Republicans is expected to kick start discussions about repealing the Affordable Care Act and passing entitlement reform.

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On Sept. 27, the Senate failed to invoke cloture, which would have allowed it to move to final passage of the continuing resolution.

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At stake is funding to combat the Zika virus, among several other policy issues that have kept the measure from moving forward.

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Congress seems likely to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Sept. 30. Lawmakers also are expected to approve funding to combat Zika.

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When Congress resumes, it will race to pass legislation to keep the government running beyond Sept. 30.

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This week, the Senate votes on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Last week, the House passed a mental health bill in a bipartisan vote.

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To avoid a government shutdown, Congress might have to pass an omnibus appropriations measure if lawmakers fail to reach spending agreements by Sept. 30.

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The legislation would incorporate risk adjustment for socioeconomic status into Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

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House and Senate lawmakers negotiate omnibus appropriations bill and two-year extension of tax cuts, but fail to provide relief on new Medicare site-neutral payment policy for hospital outpatient departments.

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This week congressional action is slow as lawmakers prepare for the papal visit. With a government shutdown only days away, lawmakers work to reach funding negotiations amid Planned Parenthood debate.

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Planned Parenthood remains an issue in government funding. Congress considers hospital bills, Medicare Part B premiums, medical innovation, health care competition, and Medicaid fraud and abuse, vows to focus on mental health.

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The hospital-related NOTICE Act was sent to the president last week. An ACA repeal vote remains likely for fall along with the potential for a government shutdown.

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House votes on defense and late-term abortions, while the Senate votes on the trade bill, faces pharma pressure on biologics. Health committees review 21st Century Cures and Medicare patients' chronic conditions.

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Final spending agreement averts government closure, but leaves some Democrats upset over easing of Wall Street regulation and school lunch health requirements

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Congress must past spending legislation before Dec. 11, governors request CHIP funding extension, Cassidy defeats Landrieu.

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Congress works to finalize several measures, including an omnibus spending package to extend federal funding. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will review CHIP.

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Impact of president's recent action on immigration could complicate congressional passage of FY 2015 spending bill; leadership changes progress for key health committees in House, Senate

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Lame duck session starts this week, will cover federal funding legislation, which may include funding for Ebola and defense. Association testified on behalf of its members regarding Ebola.

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Congress concluded business until after the Nov. 4 election, passing legislation to fund the government through Dec. 11. Bills funding children's health services and addressing postacute care quality were also sent to the president's desk.

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Congress meets this week to extend federal funding through Dec. 11. Other legislative considerations include medical device tax, VA authorities, and the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. Committees will address CHIP, Ebola, and the ACA.

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This week, Congress will likely consider a CR, allowing non-ACA-compliant group health insurance plans through 2018, extending the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, and several health-related items.

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Under consideration will be a federal funding extension and a House bill to grandfather non-ACA-compliant group health plans

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