Health Center Federal Policy

House and Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Six Month Continuing Resolution to Keep Federal Government Funded Through March

As you recall from our last blog, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS)Appropriations Subcommittee voted to move their FY2013 funding bill to full committee by a vote of 8-6. A full committee markup was indefinitely postponed. House Appropriators finished the 11 other funding bills and 7 of those have seen action on the floor.

With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching Sept. 30, Congressional leaders yesterday reached a deal to keep the federal government funded for six months. Funding levels in the continuing resolution (CR) would be consistent with the $1.047 trillion level set forth in the 2011 Budget Control Act, and reports are the CR would be “clean,” leaving funding for virtually all discretionary programs level. In health centers’ case, level discretionary funding would leave $300 million available for health center expansion from the Health Center Fund in ACA. However, at this juncture it is unlikely that even in that scenario HRSA will act to utilize those funds until there is final agreement for FY2013 funding for the year. Given that the CR would set funding levels for six months, a final funding agreement would not likely be reached until March at the earliest. Public text and votes on the CR are not expected until September.

Please stay tuned for the latest in the appropriations process!