Congress approves spending bill containing extensions for health care provisions

Congress approves spending bill containing extensions for health care provisions

On March 8, the Senate voted 75-22 to pass a package of six appropriations bills funding federal agencies through fiscal year 2024. These bills contain health care provisions that are of interest to hospitals. The House had passed the legislation earlier in the week, and President Biden signed it on March 9.

The health care provisions included in the package eliminate Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts for FY 2024 and delay FY 2025 DSH cuts until Jan. 1, 2025. They also extend the Medicare-dependent hospital and enhanced low-volume hospital programs through December 2024, reduce a 3.34% physician payment cut that began on Jan. 1, and extend programs such as Community Health Centers, National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education through December.

Congress is expected to release and vote on the remaining six appropriations bills for FY 2024 before they expire on March 22. These bills will include legislation funding Department of Health and Human Services programs.

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