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NLN Capitol Connection - January 2018

01/03/2018
Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act
January 3, 2018

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CHAOTIC JANUARY FOR CONGRESS

   Lawmakers are under pressure to increase the budget caps and prevent automatic across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration. Congressional leadership and the Administration have negotiated for weeks on a two-year budget agreement that would cover the rest of the 2018 fiscal year.
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NEW REPORT ON SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS SHOWS MAJOR CARE GAPS

   The first report from the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee paints a grim picture of a health system that has "failed to address the needs of people with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance,"
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CONGRESS PASSES TEMPORARY FUNDING BILL BEFORE LEAVING TOWN

   Congress approved a temporary government spending bill to keep the government funded until January 19, at current 2017 funding levels.
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TEMPORARY FUNDING BILL INCLUDES CHIP FUNDING

   The stopgap spending bill lawmakers passed before leaving Washington for the holidays provided $2.85 billion for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and $550 million for community health centers through March 31, but a long-term bipartisan deal remains elusive.

Democrats and Republicans are divided over how to pay for the program. A five-year extension of CHIP would cost about $8 billion. Congress let funding for the program expire at the end of September. Since then, states have been running low on funds and are pressing lawmakers to act quickly.


The next edition of the Capitol Connection will be published on February 6, 2018.

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