Omnibus Spending Bill

Congress is considering a $1.3 billion spending bill for health care programs this week.  This can create a huge impact on the health care industry.  The bill will also contribute $4 billion more into the opioid crisis, which is considered a national emergency said by Trump.

According to US News, “The spending bill, which was passed by the House on Thursday and set for consideration by the Senate, includes a $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, bringing its budget to $37 billion for fiscal 2018. It also features a $10 billion increase for the Department of Health and Human Services over its fiscal 2017 budget, to $78 billion.”

To break down exactly what the bill is going to:

-$1 billion in grants to states and tribal groups for treatment and prevention

-$476 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for opioid overdose monitoring

-$500 million to NIH for research on addiction support

The government is hoping this bill will save lives and also save money in the long run.

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