Government Funded for a Year; Some Cuts Made to Health Programs

Congress averted a government shutdown last week by approving a new   funding bill that runs through September 30, 2012.  There were several  cuts to existing Affordable Care Act:  $400 million from the CO-OP  program and $10 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board  (IPAB).  It is unclear whether IPAB would be able to function without  these funds.  Health and Human Services was cut about $700 million below  last year’s level.  Click here http://t.congressweb.com/l/?EARDQPWIRGRRBOH for an excellent 15-page  summary of the funding bill – health spending starts on page 9.

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