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Congress Approves FY15 Spending Package to Avoid Shutdown - Implications for the Healthcare

Monday, December 15, 2014  
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This weekend, Congress narrowly approved a $1.01 trillion omnibus spending bill (H.R. 83 - Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015), to fund the operations of the federal government through September 30, 2015 and overt a government shutdown.  The budget package includes $5.4 billion to fight the Ebola crisis and prepare for future infectious disease outbreaks. It also contains a controversial provision aimed at blocking funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's risk corridor program, which is designed to protect insurers participating in the exchanges from financial risk.  Additionally, funding for most key healthcare agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is largely flat.   Below are some of the specific areas that might be of interest to our members......(click here to read more)

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