Human Needs Report: Closing in on a joint budget resolution, CHIP extension, Estate Tax Repeal and more


April 28, 2015

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the latest steps in the FY2016 congressional budget resolutions process, the beginning of appropriations season, CHIP extension, and the House repeal of the Estate Tax. See below for the full analysis and links to each section of the report.
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Conferees Closing in on Joint Budget Resolution
House and Senate negotiators are thought to be close to resolving differences in their budget plans. The result, if agreed to by both chambers, will set the appropriations totals for the year starting October 1, and is expected to place on a fast track proposals to slash at the ACA. READ MORE »

FY2016 Appropriations Season Begins
The lack of an approved joint budget resolution didn’t stop appropriators in Congress from starting their work on the 12 annual appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2016. READ MORE »

House Bill Repeals the Estate Tax
Just three weeks after the House passed a Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 27) with devastating cuts to low-income programs, it passed a repeal of the estate tax that is a giveaway to the very wealthy. READ MORE »

Children’s Health Insurance Program and other Health Programs Extended Along with Medicare Doc Fix
Congress showed rare bipartisanship in passing legislation that extended several health programs for low-income children and adults. These programs were included in a package that repealed automatic payment cuts to doctors under Medicare, known more commonly as the ‘Doc Fix’ or SGR, short for the sustainable growth rate formula that would have caused the cuts. READ MORE »

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