The House and Senate leadership have agreed to year-end spending and tax packages that will fund the federal government through fiscal year 2016 and address several expiring tax provisions. Also included in the agreement is a two-year delay for the “Cadillac” tax on health plans and the medical device tax. The measures, expected to pass the House and Senate by the end of the week, will be the final actions before Congress leaves for the holiday recess.
Unfortunately, the Consolidated Appropriations Act does not include a CHA supported extension to the grandfather provision for new off-campus outpatient departments. CHA issued several Advocacy Alerts and, along with many member hospitals, called on members of the California delegation to support an amendment to the spending bill to allow off-campus projects that were under development to be included in the grandfather provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2105 signed on Nov. 2. CHA will continue to advocate for the expansion of the grandfather provision in 2016.