The House March 6 voted 339-85 to pass a package of six appropriations bills that would fund certain federal agencies through fiscal year 2024 and contains certain health care provisions of interest to hospitals. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later this week.

The health care provisions would eliminate Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts for FY 2024 and delay FY 2025 DSH cuts to Jan. 1, 2025; extend the Medicare-dependent hospital and enhanced low-volume hospital programs through December 2024; reduce a 3.34% physician payment cut that began Jan. 1; and extend the Community Health Centers, National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education programs through December.

Congress expects to release and vote on the six other appropriations bills for FY 2024 before they expire March 22, including the Labor, Health and Human Services legislation.

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