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Congress Passes Legislation to Fund Government Through March

What’s happening: On Jan. 18, the House and Senate passed legislation, known as a continuing resolution, to fund the federal government though March 1 for certain departments and March 8 for others. President Joe Biden signed the bill on Jan. 19.  

What else to know: The resolution included a CHA-supported provision to delay scheduled Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts until March 8. 

Agreement on the legislation happened in time to avert a partial federal government shutdown as funds for four departments were set to expire on Jan. 19 at midnight. The vote was 414-108, with 11 not voting. The California congressional delegation all voted Yes, with the exception of Reps. Tom McClintock (R) and Jay Obernolte (R) who voted No. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D) did not vote. Sens. Alex Padilla (D) and Laphonza Butler (D) voted Yes when the Senate considered the bill.  

The legislation also extends authorizations for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program through March 8, and extends the physician payment work Geographic Practice Cost Indices floor for 2024.