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Congress Extends CHIP For 10 years, Earmarks $6 Billion For Opioids

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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — The House and Senate on Feb. 9 passed another stopgap spending bill that includes a 10-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and allocates $6 billion for the opioid epidemic.

Lawmakers now have until March 23 to complete writing the omnibus spending bill in order to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The bill also includes $7 billion for community health centers over two years, $600 million for the National Health Services Corps over 2 years and $250 million for Teaching Health Centers over 2 years — three issues the American Dental Association (ADA) advocated for in the last spending bill.

Other items of note include:

  • Earmarking $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health.
  • Continuing the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program at the current level of $400 million per year for fiscal year 2018 through 2022.
  • Assigning $4.8 billion for a Medicaid cap increase for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands for two years.

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