Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


CR Tension Continues This Week

Last week the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal agencies through October 4th at the $1.043 trillion level previously set under the Budget Control Act debt limit increase law.  The President enacted this short term measure, H.R. 2017, after three House members showed up on Thursday during recess to agree to the legislation.  This leaves the House with the choice to pass another CR, H.R. 2608, which the Senate passed last week in order to provide appropriations through November 18th.  In passing this bill, the Senate bent to the House’s wish to fund FEMA at a lower level, but without the contentious offsets previously insisted on by the House.  The bill could still meet with some Republican resistance in the House, given that total appropriations exceed by about $24 billion the spending caps set under the Ryan-led House Budget Resolution.

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