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Fiscal Year 2015 Spending Deal Reached – What Does it Mean for Health Centers?

by NACHC Federal Affairs Team Tuesday night, with the Thursday deadline to avert a government shutdown looming, Congressional negotiators came to an agreement on a final spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015. The legislation, known on the Hill as the “CRomnibus,” (a combination of “CR”, short for “Continuing Resolution” and “Omnibus”) has been negotiated over …

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The 2014 Midterm Elections: Implications for Health Centers

by NACHC Federal Affairs and Advocacy staff What Happened? Tuesday’s elections saw a sweeping victory for the Republican Party in Congressional races across the country, and will return the GOP to the majority in the United States Senate. Republicans will hold at least 53 seats in the Senate (a gain of 8), with the election …

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Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Schedules Markup of FY2015 Spending Bill

Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) announced their plans to mark up their Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 LHHS bill Tuesday, June 10. Consideration by the full committee is expected shortly thereafter, as soon as Thursday, June 12. It is unclear at this time when the FY2015 LHHS bill may …

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HHS Secretary Nominee Testifies before Senate HELP Committee

The confirmation process for President Obama’s choice for the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) began last week. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the current Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Thursday, May 8 for the first of two …

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FY2014 Omnibus Released

Monday night, House and Senate Appropriators unveiled the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 omnibus appropriations bill. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) contains all 12 regular appropriations bills and adheres to the $1.012 trillion discretionary spending level set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, also known as the Ryan-Murray Agreement. The allocation for …

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FY 2014 Appropriations Inches Toward Completion

House and Senate Appropriations staff continued work through the holidays on an omnibus spending package to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2014 and avoid another shutdown scenario. As you will recall from our recent budget deal blog, Congress approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 last month and it was signed by …

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Bipartisan Deal Reached by the Budget Conference Committee

by Abby Pinkele Yesterday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray unveiled a bipartisan budget deal weeks after talks first began and four days before the deadline to reach an agreement. The proposal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, amends the Budget Control Act by setting increased discretionary spending …

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Bicameral Budget Conference Committee Holds First Meeting

As you will recall from our last blog, the agreement to end the government shutdown included the creation of a bipartisan and bicameral budget conference committee to develop a spending plan by December 13, 2013. The 29 conferees convened for the first time Wednesday, October 30 and are tasked with attempting to resolve the two …

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HHS Announces FY 2013 New Access Point and Base Grant Adjustment Awards

Late last week, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $19 million in New Access Point (NAP) awards as well as $48 million in base grant adjustments for FY 2013. The $19 million was originally expected to fund 25 NAPs however, HHS was able to fund additional awards for a total …