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HHS awards $1.8B in state grants to combat, track opioid epidemic

September 6, 2019

HHS on Wednesday announced it will award more than $1.8 billion in funding to help states and communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic and improve data collection to track progress.

Alaska governor cuts Medicaid funding (again)

August 22, 2019

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) on Monday vetoed $50 million in state Medicaid spending, $27 million in adult dental benefits, and more from the state Legislature's fiscal year 2020 operating budget, which hospitals in the state say will significantly cut Medicaid payments.

Trump signs bill providing $10B in compensation for 9/11 first responders

August 6, 2019

President Trump last week signed into law a bill that will extend aid to first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through 2092.

Congress passes two-year budget deal, averting automatic spending cuts

August 2, 2019

The Senate on Thursday voted 67-28 to approve a two-year budget deal that raises the U.S. debt ceiling, sets new federal spending levels, averts $125 billion in automatic spending cuts, and opens the door for negotiations on individual appropriations measures for next fiscal year.

Congress sends pandemic preparedness bill to Trump

June 7, 2019

The House on Tuesday passed and sent to President Trump a pandemic preparedness bill that would reauthorize funding for HHS programs designed to respond to biological and chemical threats, disasters, and emerging infectious diseases.

House panel releases FY 2020 HHS spending bill with $50M for gun violence research

April 30, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft HHS spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that calls for a total of $99 billion in funding for HHS, including $50 million in funding for research on gun violence—which, if enacted, would mark the first time an HHS appropriations bill would fund gun violence research since 1996.

Biden has joined the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

April 25, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who on Thursday announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, has not endorsed a so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposal—but he also has not dismissed such a plan.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019

The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

SCOTUS will hear census case that could affect Medicaid funding

February 20, 2019

The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a case that centers on whether the U.S. Department of Commerce can add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, which a group of states and cities have argued would exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

Shutdown averted: Trump signs spending bill with funds for FDA, IHS—and declares national emergency over border wall

February 18, 2019

President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that staved off another partial government shutdown by funding FDA, the Indian Health Service, and other federal agencies through fiscal year 2019—and he simultaneously declared a national emergency in an effort to free up additional funding for fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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