Congressional Budget Deal Moves Health Care Forward But Misses Opportunities

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<p>Though the Trump administration yesterday released a budget for the next fiscal year, federal spending for 2019 was largely determined earlier this month when Congress passed a two-year budget that was signed by the president. From a health care standpoint, the two-year congressional budget deal takes some important steps forward. These include extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, funding community health centers, and supporting care for people with chronic illness. </p><p>However, Congress missed other opportunities to move health care forward, for example, by failing to stabilize the private health insurance markets or take immediate steps to tame prices of prescription drugs. On <em>To the Point</em>, Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., looks at the bill’s important health care provisions, and where it missed the mark. </p> Read the post