Congress agrees to and President Trump signs budget deal that includes health care provisions

Early this morning, Friday, February 9, the U.S. Senate voted 71-28 to approve a budget proposal.  Subsequently, the House of Representatives passed by a 240-186 vote the budget package and President Trump has signed the bill into law.  The legislation reportedly:  (i) funds federal agencies until March 23; (ii) includes $89.3 billion in disaster aid mostly for Texas, California, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; (iii) increases defense spending by $80 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and $85 billion in FY 2019; (iv) increases domestic spending by $63 billion in FY 2018 and $68 billion in FY 2019; and (v) extends the government debt limit until March 2019.  The health care provisions reportedly include:  (i) extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another four years through 2027; (ii) providing $3.8 billion in FY 2018 and $4 billion in FY 2019 for community health centers; (iii) eliminating the Medicare…

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