Jan 22, 2018

Still no deal on government funding and CHIP

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The Senate is scheduled to vote at noon on a bill to reopen the federal government and, yes, fund the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Yes, but: There is no actual deal yet — just a plan to vote, while talks continue.

The bottom line, via The Washington Post:

  • "[I]t appeared unlikely that the proposal — which would link a three-week extension of government funding to the consideration of an immigration bill in the Senate — would be enough to quickly break the impasse without the support of top party leaders or President Trump, who showed no sign of backing off his hard line on immigration."

In the health care world, this means CHIP remains in limbo and, barring a breakthrough later today, half of the Health and Human Services Department's workforce will be told to stop doing their jobs.

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Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

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The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

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Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

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Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."