Congress Unveils $1.37 Trillion Spending Deal
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:12 PM
Congressional leaders reached a $1.37 trillion spending agreement yesterday, which would repeal several ACA taxes (e.g, Cadillac tax, health insurer tax and medical device tax), delay payment cuts to disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) until May 22, 2020, and fund gun violence research.
While Congress was negotiating the agreement, KHA contacted the Kentucky congressional delegation to once again urge them to delay Medicaid DSH cuts for a full year. The messaging included the KHA Medicaid DSH issue paper. This paper and others are available for your use when discussing issues with your legislators at www.kyha.com/policy.
Congress is expected to pass the legislation this week, ahead of the December 20 government shutdown deadline, and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The spending agreement would fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020.
This bill does not include surprise billing; however, this issue will continue to be debated in the coming year.