Health Policy News: End of Year Wrap-Up

As the upcoming new year approaches, we find ourselves thinking fondly of precedented times. The latest action by Congress saw the passage of a first-of-its-kind laddered CR on November 14. This CR extends funding for four FY 2024 appropriations bills until January 19, while the remaining eight, including Labor-HHS, are extended to February 2. Although these extensions exclude controversial policy riders that have been pitched by House Republicans and maintain the current fiscal year’s funding levels, they leave us in a state of uncertainty about future appropriations. The issue is further complicated by Congress’s failure to agree to top-line spending levels needed to facilitate the completion of the FY 2024 bills.

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