Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Plan with Health Center Funding
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Section: Spotlight Articles, March 2018

(from the National Association of Community Health Centers)

Congress passed a bipartisan spending package in February that included an additional two years of funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. To add to the good news, health center funding will increase by $600 million over the two year period; specifically, the Community Health Center Fund will increase from $3.6 billion per year to $3.8 billion in FY18 and $4.0 billion in FY19.

The spending package includes many more provisions, including:
  • Community Health Center Fund: two year extension with additional funding (FY18: $3.8B; FY19: $4.0B)
  • National Health Service Corps: two year extension at current levels ( $310M/ year)
  • Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education: two year extension above current levels ($126.5M/ year)
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): extends funding for an additional four years or through FY27
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program: extends funding for five years ($400M/ year)
  • Two-year delay of reductions to Medicaid DSH payments
  • Permanent repeal of the Medicare therapy caps
  • Two-year increase to Medicaid caps for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands: $4.9B
  • Funding for state grants to address the opioid epidemic: $6B
  • Special Diabetes Program: two year extension at current levels
  • Extension of several other Medicare-related programs
  • Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)
Read NACHC’s statement on the budget package here.

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