Washington Update

This weekly publication provides member hospitals with important news on federal legislative affairs and regulatory actions.

Recent Issues

Washington Update - February 16, 2018
February 16, 2018

The president's budget is released is major changes for Medicaid and CHGME, while legislators are asked to co-sponsor the ACE Kids Act.

Washington Update - February 9, 2018
February 9, 2018

It is critical that Congress hear from children’s hospitals about how the CHGME program has helped educate the next generation of pediatric ...

Washington Update - February 2, 2018
February 2, 2018

Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., have released a new “Dear Colleague” letter urging their fellow senators to become ...

Washington Update - January 26, 2018
January 26, 2018

On Monday, Congress passed, and the president signed into law, a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that includes a six-year extension of funding ...

Washington Update - January 19, 2018
January 19, 2018

Last night, the U.S. House passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) containing a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program ...

Washington Update - January 12, 2018
January 12, 2018

Children’s hospitals are urged to continue to contact their House and Senate members with the message that Congress must pass a long-term extension, ...

Washington Update - January 5, 2018
January 5, 2018

After failing to pass a long-term funding bill in December, Congress returns from the holiday break with a growing list of issues that it must ...

Washington Update - December 22, 2017
December 22, 2017

On Thursday, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that provides continued government funding through Jan. 19, 2018.

Washington Update - December 15, 2017
December 15, 2017

Congressional leaders continue to assert that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will be extended by year-end. However, lawmakers are not ...

Washington Update - December 8, 2017
December 8, 2017

Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) on Dec. 7 to provide ongoing government funding through Dec. 22.

Washington Update - December 1, 2017
December 1, 2017

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding expired over 60 days ago and Congress has yet to take action on passing a funding extension.

Washington Update - November 17, 2017
November 17, 2017

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, by a vote of 227-205. Senate Finance Committee completed a markup of its ...

Washington Update - November 10, 2017
November 10, 2017

Senate Finance Committee staff have indicated that they are making progress toward an agreement on CHIP, including offsets to pay for a five-year ...

Washington Update - November 3, 2017
November 3, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-year extension of CHIP funding as part of the Championing Healthy Kids Act by a vote of 242 to 174.

Washington Update - October 27, 2017
October 27, 2017

House majority leadership announced a plan to bring their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) bill - the Healthy Kids Act - and community ...

Washington Update - October 20, 2017
October 20, 2017

There has been no significant movement in Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) since bills passed earlier this ...

Washington Update - October 13, 2017
October 13, 2017

An Oct. 12 Executive Order (EO) signed by the president could allow the sale of private insurance plans that do not comply with ACA requirements.

Washington Update - October 6, 2017
October 6, 2017

Both the Senate and House held markups to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Washington Update - September 29, 2017
September 29, 2017

On Tuesday, Senate leadership decided not to move forward on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA repeal/replace bill after it became apparent the ...

Washington Update - September 22, 2017
September 22, 2017

This week Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden introduced S. 1827: Keep Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017 (KIDS ACT), a five-year ...

Washington Update - September 15, 2017
September 15, 2017

Children’s hospitals are strongly encouraged to join CHA, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other child health advocates in a Day of Action on ...

Washington Update - September 8, 2017
September 8, 2017

On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing, “The Children’s Health Insurance Program: The Path Forward,” to examine the future ...

Washington Update - September 1, 2017
September 1, 2017

While CHIP has historically enjoyed broad bipartisan support, Congress must work quickly once it returns from recess in order to extend funding ...

Washington Update - August 18, 2017
August 18, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee announced earlier this month that they will hold a CHIP hearing in September. Federal funding for CHIP expires on Sept. ...

Washington Update - August 4, 2017
August 4, 2017

The Senate will head home for the August recess today after finishing up executive branch nominations and the Food and Drug Administration user fee ...


Set your subscriptions for electronic newsletters, print and digital versions of Children's Hospitals Today magazine, and emailed Content Alerts for select topics that interest you.