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Congressional Budget Deal Moves Health Care Forward But Misses Opportunities

Budget deal moves health care forward but misses opportunities

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, including extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program. However, Congress missed other opportunities to move health care forward, for example, by failing to stabilize the private health insurance markets. On To the Point, Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., looks at the bill’s important health care provisions, and where it missed the mark.

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