Blair Burnett, ACCC Health Policy Analyst
Implications of the Budget Deal & the President’s FY2019 Budget for Oncology
After another brief government shutdown, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on Friday, February 9. Healthcare provisions embedded within this legislation will have an important impact on clinicians and patients. Of note, the two-year budget deal raises budget caps by $300 billion, funds the federal government through March 23, 2018, prevents another sequester that would have been triggered by the recent tax reform legislation, and gives Congress additional time to pass a full-year omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Read on for high-level takeaways, as well as resources for more details about the bill.
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Takeaways:
Just a few days later, on Monday, February 12, the White House released The President’s Budget for FY2019, which calls for $4.4 trillion in spending and proposes to add $7 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.
The President’s budget proposal is meant to be a blueprint to Congress, and it’s widely believed that this package, as a whole, has little to no chance of gaining traction in Congress. However, it’s likely we will see specific policies outlined within the President’s Budget adopted by Congress or achieved through administrative action. Proposals within the President’s Budget provide insight into the Administration’s priorities for healthcare in 2019, specifically under the leadership of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) newly appointed Secretary Alex Azar.
Key proposals from President Trump’s proposed FY 2019 budget:
Continue the conversation. Join your colleagues for ACCC Capitol Hill Day on March 14 and share the story of how these potential policy changes would affect cancer care delivery in your community. Then stay for the ACCC 44th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit, March 14-17, in Washington, D.C., where you’ll garner insight and strategies to advance cancer care delivery in the face of regulatory and policy shifts.
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