This week, Congress needs to pass a government funding bill by Thursday. Will we get a final budget deal or another continuing resolution? There are still several important health care programs that need to be addressed as well as health care initiatives that have bipartisan support and could find their way into a deal. The challenge for Leadership this week is putting together a deal that can pass without upsetting the delicate balance in the House of Representatives. We cover this and more in this week’s preview, which can be found here.
This week, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Following his speech, both parties will leave town for party retreats where they will discuss priorities for the year ahead. The immediate concern is the government funding deadline of February 8th, which will need to be addressed to avoid a government shutdown. Meanwhile, we are beginning to see responses to proposed Medicaid work requirements in states, which will have implications for state and federal policy making in the months ahead. We cover this and more in our preview, which can be found here.
Our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided their Health Care Weekly Preview for the week of September 18, 2017. This week’s preview focuses on the prognosis for the Graham-Cassidy bill to block grant ACA funding to states, including potential roadblocks imposed by Senators John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). The Weekly Preview also touches on the discord between Senators Lamar Alexander (TN) and Orrin Hatch (UT), who chair the HELP and Finance committees, respectively.
As we gear up for a busy week in Washington, D.C., our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided a Health Care Weekly Preview. This week’s preview describes upcoming hearing on safety net health programs and prescription drug costs along with the progress of the American Health Care Act. Stay tuned for additional updates and analysis from ML Strategies.