February 9, 2018

Budget deal includes big changes for healthcare

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The US Congress on February 9 passed a budget deal that will have a significant impact across nearly every sector of the healthcare industry, the March 9 Business Insider reports.

Among the initiatives are:

  • $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health
  • $6 billion to combat the opioid crisis
  • $4 billion for VA hospital and clinic improvements
  • $7 billion to community health centers
  • $495 million for medical education
  • $363 million to academic health centers.

The plan also:

  • closes the donut hole in Medicare’s prescription drug coverage
  • extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 years
  • repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board for Medicare set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. 


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