Prospects dim for COVID-19 relief as House passes partisan bill




, Prospects dim for COVID-19 relief as House passes partisan bill

The U.S. Home of Representatives on Thursday handed a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 reduction invoice that may seemingly go nowhere as negotiations between Home Democrats and the White Home have failed to provide a bipartisan deal.

The invoice included a number of priorities for healthcare stakeholders, and prospects for a deal earlier than Election Day seem grim as Home lawmakers are scheduled to return to their districts on Friday. The scaled-down model of the Well being and Financial Restoration Omnibus Emergency Options Act handed the Home on a 214-207, largely party-line vote.

“Negotiations are persevering with, and I ardently hope that we will quickly return to this flooring with a bipartisan settlement,” Home Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) stated.

The laws consists of $50 billion in further supplier reduction grants with new strings hooked up, growing further Medicaid matching funds to 14% from the present 6% degree, growing hospitals’ disproportionate-share hospital funds by 2.5%, and giving $238 billion to state governments squeezed by the financial downturn, $75 billion for testing and call tracing, $7.6 billion for group well being facilities and $28 billion for COVID-19 vaccine procurement and distribution, together with guaranteeing that Medicare would pay for a vaccine with no cost-sharing even when it have been solely given an emergency use authorization.

The Medicaid matching and state authorities funds may assist states reduce or avert supplier cost cuts which might be already squeezing some hospitals.

Talks restarted between Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week, although the 2 have been unable to succeed in a deal even after Pelosi delayed a flooring vote on the revised HEROES Act by a day to permit extra time. Pelosi confronted strain from weak members to at the least attempt to attain a deal earlier than the November election.

“Folks say, ‘Is not one thing higher than nothing?’ No, there might be a possibility value,” Pelosi informed reporters Thursday.

The Home handed the preliminary model of the HEROES Act in Could, and reduction packages supplied by Senate Republicans have gained little traction.