The House voted 343 to 67 to approve H.R. 8900, a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 18, 2020 – one week further than the existing expiration date of Friday, December 11. In addition to a funding extension, the legislation includes a one-week extension of certain Medicaid and public health care program “extenders.” These include funding for community health centers, the national health service corps, the teaching health center GME program, Medicaid spousal impoverishment provisions, the Money Follows the Person program, and delay of disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment reductions, etc.
The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to consider it Thursday, December 10. The one week extension comes as both chambers of Congress work toward a year-end agreement on a coronavirus aid package that would ideally be attached to a massive 12-bill full-year appropriations package for FY 2021. Another CR funding the government into 2021 remains a possibility as well.