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Rebuild Rural: The Importance of Health Care in Infrastructure.

Last week, we received further details on President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan. We were happy to see that rural infrastructure investments are a key component of this Administration’s commitment to growing our national economy. It is essential that we build rural priorities into this massive investment in our nation’s future, and it is even more important that we recognize the special role that health care plays in our country’s infrastructure.  .

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Recent Updates Show Potentially Damaging Reforms to Medicaid and Medicare in President’s Budget.

We have serious concerns regarding proposed cuts to Medicaid and Medicare in order to reduce government spending in President Trump’s 2019 Budget. The proposed plan, as sent to Congress, includes hundreds of billions of dollars in savings through Medicaid and Medicare reforms, in addition to cuts to various discretionary programs.  .

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Congress Finally Acts on Rural Commitments, But What’s Next?.

Since Congress irresponsibly let critical rural provisions expire at the end of September, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has continuously requested that Members renew their commitment to rural Americans and reauthorize funding for Medicare Extenders and Community Health Centers. Last Friday, after a brief government shutdown, Congress finally acted on their promises to support rural providers and facilities. .

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Congress Ends Government Shutdown.

The government shutdown ended yesterday evening after Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on a short term funding package. The House quickly passed the legislation and sent it to the President's desk for a signature. The government shutdown began at midnight on Friday after members of the Senate could not break the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open. .

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The Government Shuts Down Over Funding Bill.

Last night at midnight, the United States Government shut down after the Senate failed to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through February 16. The House of Representatives had passed the CR in a party line vote the day before, sending the bill to the Senate, where Members were unable to cross the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass the legislation.  .

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