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Senate approves spending package that would increase oversight of VA nursing homes

June 26, 2018


The House and Senate are expected to reconcile their respective legislative packages—both of which include fiscal year 2019 funding for Veterans Affairs, the Energy Department, and the legislative branch—with the goal of sending a final version to President Trump before the end of the fiscal year.

Senate rejects attempt to bring up Trump proposal to cut $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 22, 2018


Rules that would allow the Senate to pass President Trump's rescissions measure by a simple majority vote are scheduled to expire today, meaning Wednesday's failed attempt to bring up the bill might mean the Senate will not have time to consider the measure.

Why the US' approach to funding medical grants 'may be failing'

June 21, 2018


The U.S. system for awarding medical research grants through NIH "may be failing" to "fund work that spurs innovation and fosters research careers" by favoring proposals for low-risk research and those submitted by more experienced researchers, Aaron Carroll writes in the New York Times' "The Upshot."

House GOP's new 10-year budget proposal eyes health care cuts, ACA repeal

June 20, 2018


The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.

House looks to cut ACA funding in FY 2019 HHS spending bill

June 15, 2018


The House Appropriations Committee's draft fiscal year 2019 spending bill to fund HHS would cut or completely eliminate funding for several health care programs, while increasing funding for others.

House passes bill with $5B VA funding boost

June 12, 2018


The legislation—which would allocate a total of $144.5 billion to fund federal energy programs, the government's legislative branch, military projects, and Veterans Affairs—now heads to the Senate.

House votes to eliminate $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 11, 2018


The bill—which would eliminate nearly $15 billion in unused federal funding, including $7 billion in unused CHIP funds—now heads to the Senate, where it is unclear if it has enough support to pass.

'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?' Why hospitals and FQHCs, once rivals, are now working together

June 11, 2018


Federally qualified health centers and hospitals are competing for the same patients—and some see it as an opportunity for collaboration.

Trump signs bill to replace VA Choice Program, but funding remains an open question

June 7, 2018


The VA MISSION Act of 2018 allocates $5.2 billion to fund the Veterans Choice Program until it can be replaced with a new program, called the Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), but the law does not include funding for VCCP.

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