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Moving Forward with the Budget Agreement to Advance Care for Adults with Complex Needs

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Originally published on April 13, 2018 in The Hill.

For all the disagreement that persists among federal policy makers on how to proceed with health care reform — most recently evidenced by the absence of Affordable Care Act fixes in the March 23 spending bill — the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 incorporated a little known, but highly significant, set of provisions to advance care for our nation’s sickest and frailest.

Passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in February, the budget deal includes the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care (CHRONIC Care Act).

The legislation makes great strides in improving care for the most vulnerable patients who account for a large proportion of health care spending by expanding successful programs; giving Medicare managed care plans new flexibility to better care for these patients; and offering opportunities to expand tele-health services.

Read more in The Hill.

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David Blumenthal, President, The Commonwealth Fund

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