Congress Averts Medicare Cuts, Passes Short-Term Funding Bill

December 22, 2017

On December 21, Congress passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through January 19, 2018. The funding bill includes flat funding for most federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The CR also includes an important provision that prevents dramatic cuts to Medicare and other government programs. Without this fix, the new tax law would have triggered an automatic $25 billion cut to Medicare in 2018. ASCO had expressed concern about this, and is pleased Congress acted quickly to prevent these harmful cuts that would have threatened patient access to critical cancer care.

Short-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through March 2018 is also in included in the CR.

Congress has adjourned for the year, and will return on January 3, 2018.

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