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April 6, 2017

There are four more legislative days before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on April 28. Congress has a two-week break starting on April 7, cutting into its time to finalize spending bills that will fund the government through Sept. 30. It is unclear whether a larger spending package including all appropriations bills will be introduced, or if we will see another CR through the remainder of FY17. ASTHO will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to its members.

House Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence met on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of reviving efforts to repeal ACA. There are still few signs that the opposing groups within the Republican party are any closer on key issues than they were when the American Health Care Act was initially removed from the floor. Action on repeal efforts is not expected soon.

The House Labor, HHS and Education subcommittee convened a hearing on April 5 on the federal response to the opioid crisis. Barbara Cimaglio, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, provided testimony highlighting states’ work to combat the opioid crisis, as well as the importance of federal funding provided to states through the 21st Century Cures Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Cimaglio and other witnesses emphasized that services to prevent, treat, and maintain recovery from substance use disorders help millions across the country.