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Federal shutdown looms: House, Senate pass different versions of CR that would fund FDA

December 21, 2018

President Trump on Thursday told House Republican leaders that he would not sign a Senate-passed short-term spending bill that would fund seven federal departments and various federal agencies, including FDA, because it did not include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Congress just passed its 2019 HHS spending bill. Here's what made the cut.

September 27, 2018

The $855.1 billion minibus fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill includes about $866 billion in mandatory funding for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and $90.5 billion in discretionary funding for HHS, a $2.3 billion increase over FY 2018.

HHS plans to cut funds for cancer and other health care programs. Here's why.

September 21, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says he plans to redistribute up to $266 million—including $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute, as well as other funds from programs for maternal health, mental health, substance misuse, and women's shelters—to cover increasing costs for the department's Unaccompanied Alien Children program.

Senate passes 'minibus' spending bill with health care funding boosts

September 20, 2018

The Senate-passed "minibus" bill allocates fiscal year 2019 funding for HHS, the Department of Defense, and the Education and Labor departments, including funding increases for opioid misuse treatment, medical research, and community block grants.

Lawmakers just agreed on a $90.5B HHS funding deal. Here's what made the cut—and what didn't.

September 14, 2018

Under the agreement, HHS would receive $90.5 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including $6.7 billion for programs targeting the opioid misuse epidemic.

Senate breaks with past and passes standalone HHS spending bill—that includes a $1B boost

August 24, 2018

The Senate's fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill for HHS and the departments of Defense, Labor, and Education includes $90 billion for HHS, up by about $1 billion from FY 2018 levels, and would allocate $39.1 billion to NIH, an increase of about 5% from FY 2018 levels.

HHS just deleted 20 years' worth of medical guidelines

July 17, 2018

A spokesperson for HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says budget cuts led the agency to remove from the internet a database containing nearly 20 years of evidence-backed medical guidelines for thousands of conditions and procedures.

House panel approves HHS spending bill—but its future remains uncertain

July 12, 2018

It is unclear whether House leaders will bring to the floor a fiscal year 2019 HHS spending bill, approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee.

House GOP's budget proposal could hurt US children's hospitals' finances, report finds

July 10, 2018

A Fitch Ratings report finds that children's hospitals would see funding drop significantly if a House GOP's budget proposal is enacted, adding existing strain to pediatric facilities that already have seen a shift in inpatient care payments.

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