FEDERAL UPDATE: House Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill; Includes Money for Ebola Readiness and Response
December 12, 2014
NEW YORK – The House late yesterday passed a $1.1 trillion spending package that mostly funds the government through September 30, 2015, including $5.4 billion in funding for Ebola efforts domestically and internationally. The Senate is expected to pass the measure this weekend, after Congress also passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government operating for a few days beyond the December 11, 2014 deadline.
The House’s Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act will provide funding for 11 of the 12 individual annual spending bills. Funding for the Department of Homeland Security would only extend through February 2015. Homeland’s shortened extension is in response to legislators who are unhappy with President Obama’s executive order about immigration and who want to keep pressure on the president.
Emergency Ebola Funding: Of the $5.4 billion in emergency funding, $733 million goes to the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent, prepare, and respond to Ebola. This money is available until September 2019. It is from this pot of money that hospitals will seek funding for costs related to renovation and/or construction of Ebola treatment spaces, as well as expenses for staff training, equipment and supply needs, and the monthly competency attestations and emergency drills that the New York State Department of Health mandated in October.
New York’s hospital industry estimates that hospitals have already spent between $50 million and $75 million. The Suburban Hospital Alliance will continue to work with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) to ensure New York hospitals receive their fair share of this Ebola money.
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