Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Avoiding Government Shutdown

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill this week to keep the federal government operating through Dec. 11 at FY '20 funding levels, just hours before a shutdown deadline. The spending measure includes changes to the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program which provided financial assistance to clinicians on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health emergency, extending both the period before repayment begins and the period before the balance must be repaid in full. The bill also includes an extension of expiring health care programs, including the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Centers that Operate GME Programs, the National Quality Forum, and availability of funding for multiyear research grants supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Keywords: ACC Advocacy, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Infections, Federal Government, Public Health, Medicare, COVID-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, National Institutes of Health (U.S.)

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