Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Bill
Friday, January 17, 2014
U.S. House and Senate Appropriators released the Consolidated
Appropriations Act of 2014 (HR 3547) early this week, which the House
then passed by a vote of 359-67 on January 15 and the Senate passed by a
vote of 72-26 on January 16.
This omnibus bill will keep the government
funded through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends September
30, 2014. It contains all 12 regular appropriations bills and adheres to
the $1.012 trillion discretionary spending level set by the Bipartisan
Budget Act of 2013 that was passed just before the holidays.
NACHC's Health Centers On the Hill blog provides an analysis of the bill
and how it impacts Health Centers. Most notably, HR 3547 includes level
discretionary funding for the Health Center program which combined with
already-appropriated mandatory funding for Health Centers through the
Affordable Care Act's Health Center fund, represents a $700 million
increase in funding from Fiscal Year 2013. The bill also includes
language requiring that of the $700 million increase, $110 million be
obligated for base grant adjustments to existing Health Centers and not
less than $350 million be obligated for New Access Points (NAP),
Expanded Medical Capacity (EMC), and service expansions. The language
also requires that these specific funds be expended by October 1, 2014.
The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature, and he has
pledged to sign it as reported by Politico.