Three Key Health Issues Congress Could Consider in 2018 Budget Deal

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<p>The government shutdown earlier this month revealed how difficult partisan gridlock is making it for lawmakers to maintain vital public services, as the Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, M.D., and Shanoor Seervai write in a new <em>To the Point</em> post. The continuing resolution that extended government funding until February 8 did, fortunately, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. </p><p>Building on that precedent, Congress may consider at least three other major health provisions with strong bipartisan appeal for inclusion in its hoped-for February 8 action to keep the government running: keeping community health centers open, lowering prescription drug prices, and improving care for sick and frail elders.</p> Read the post