Congressional negotiators reached a $1.37 trillion spending agreement Dec. 16, which would repeal several ACA taxes, delay payment cuts to disproportionate share hospitals and fund gun violence research.
Congress is expected to pass the legislation this week, ahead of the Dec. 20 government shutdown deadline, and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The spending agreement would fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020.
Five healthcare takeaways from the year-end spending deal:
1. The deal would provide federal funding for gun violence research for the first time in more than two decades. The 2,313-page bill designates $25 million in funding for gun violence research at the CDC and the National Institutes of Health, according to The Washington Post.
2. The year-end spending bill would repeal the ACA’s Cadillac tax, health insurer tax and medical device tax. Repealing the three taxes will come with a price tag of nearly $400 million, according to Axios, which cited a report from the Congressional Budget Office.