Congress Approves Funding for Health Care Programs in Six-Bill Package, Extends Medicaid Cuts and Medicare-Dependent Hospital Programs through 2024

House approves spending bill including specific health care measures

On March 6, the House passed a package of six appropriations bills that will fund certain federal agencies through fiscal year 2024. These bills also include health care provisions of interest to hospitals. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later this week.

The health care provisions in the appropriations bills include eliminating Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts for fiscal year 2024 and delaying cuts for fiscal year 2025 until January 1, 2025. Additionally, the Medicare-dependent hospital and enhanced low-volume hospital programs will be extended through December 2024. The Community Health Centers, National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education programs will also be continued until December.

Congress plans to release and vote on the remaining six appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024 before they expire on March 22. One of these bills is the Labor, Health and Human Services legislation, which is crucial for various health care programs and services.

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