Senate strikes 2-year budget deal: 5 takeaways for healthcare leaders

Republican and Democrat Senate leaders unveiled a two-year budget deal Wednesday that would boost federal spending for several health programs.

Here are five things to know about the budget agreement.

1. The budget deal includes an additional four-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program. That extension is on top of the six years of CHIP funding Congress approved in late January.

2. The plan includes more than $7 billion in funding over two years for the nation's community health centers. Federal funding for community health centers, which serve more than 27 million people, expired Sept. 30.

3. The spending deal would delay payment cuts to Disproportionate Share Hospitals mandated by the ACA, which have been pushed back since 2010, according to Kaiser Health News.

4. The budget deal includes $2 billion in additional funding for the National Institutes of Health and $495 million for the National Health Service Corps.

5. The budget deal would repeal the ACA's Independent Payment Advisory Board, which was intended to hold down Medicare payments if the program's spending exceeded a certain threshold. Members have never been appointed to the IPAB, according to Kaiser Health News.

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