Feb 15 2018
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) today issued the following statement on health care provisions – including the extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and additional funding for community health centers – that were part of last week’s government funding bill:
“Seniors, children and working families won’t lose their health care thanks to the government funding bill we passed last week. The funding in the bill means our most vulnerable will continue to have access to quality health care.
“I was particularly pleased that the bill extended CHIP funding for an additional four years, on top of the six-year extension Congress passed in January. Nationwide, 9 million children rely on CHIP for health coverage – more than 1.3 million of those living in California. This decade-long extension means working parents no longer need to worry about their children’s health care.
“We were also able to secure vital funding for community health centers. More than one in seven Californians rely on community health centers for their primary care. Our agreement will keep their doors open to the communities they serve.”
Health care provisions
- Provides $7.8 billion in funding for community health centers over the next two years.
- Extends CHIP funding for four more years, extending the program’s funding through 2028.
- Lowers the cost of prescription drugs for seniors by closing the Medicare Part D donut hole in 2019, a year earlier than previously required.
- Eliminates the cap on therapy services, such as physical or occupational therapy, under Medicare.
- Provides $5 billion in financial relief for hospitals serving low-income patients for another two years.
- Extends Medicare add-on payments for rural home health and ambulance services for five years.
- Improves Medicare coverage for using telehealth to manage patients with chronic illness.
- Provides $495 million to fund the National Health Service Corps for two years.
- Provides $363 million to fund teaching health centers for two years.
- Provides $600 million to fund the Special Diabetes Program for two years.
- Extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program through 2022.