Last night, lawmakers unveiled draft legislation to fund the federal government for the remaining six months of fiscal year 2018 (FY18). Congress is expected to finalize the package this week in order to prevent a government shutdown when current federal funding expires at midnight Friday.
The spending package, known as an omnibus, addresses several of Medicare Rights top priorities:
The bill leaves out other key policy changes that Medicare Rights strongly supports:
The House passed the bill earlier today. The Senate will consider amendments and vote in the coming days.
For funding levels for individual programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, read the Labor-HHS appropriations bill (Section H of the House omnibus). Download all agency-specific funding bills here.
Read more about the Medicare Rights Center’s priorities for the omnibus here and here.
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