The House later today is expected to pass a continuing resolution extending the current federal funding levels for health care and other programs through Dec. 23. The Senate is expected to consider the measure soon. Current government funding expires at midnight on Friday. The legislation also extends through Dec. 23 two expiring programs that help maintain access to care in rural communities: the Medicare-dependent Hospital and enhanced Low-volume Adjustment programs. AHA continues to advocate for a long-term extension of these programs.
Meanwhile, on Dec. 13 Senate and House appropriators announced a bipartisan agreement on a framework for an omnibus spending package that would fund the government for fiscal year 2023. Congressional negotiators continue to discuss details of the package, which could be voted on as soon as sometime next week.