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President Signs Government Funding Bill

Includes increases to critical health care program budgets, but no effort to stabilize health insurance markets

The House and Senate have passed the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill, providing funding for the federal government through the end of this fiscal year. The President signed the bill this afternoon. 

A number of critical health care programs will see increases in their budgets, including:

  • $2.6 billion in new funding specifically for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opioid reduction efforts
  • Additional resources for both the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • A $3 billion increase, including an added $500 million for opioid research, for the National Institutes of Health
  • Increased funding for graduate medical education for pediatrics and veterans’ health care 

Missing from the measure is any effort to stabilize the health insurance markets.