House Bill 1868
117th Congress(2021-2022)
To prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes.
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 117-7 on Apr 14, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 12, 2021
Latest Action
Apr 14, 2021
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
1868
Congress
117
Policy Area
Health
Health
Primary focus of measure is science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; health services administration and funding, including such programs as Medicare and Medicaid; health personnel and medical education; drug use and safety; health care coverage and insurance; health facilities. Measures concerning controlled substances and drug trafficking may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Kentucky
California
Connecticut
Massachusetts
New Jersey
Passed
April 13, 2021
Type
Vote On House Agreeing To The Senate Action
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

This bill makes several budgetary and technical changes to provisions under Medicare, Medicaid, and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provided additional relief to address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019).

The bill exempts the budgetary effects of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and this bill from the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (PAYGO), and exempts this bill from the Senate PAYGO rule. The bill also continues to exempt Medicare from sequestration until December 31, 2021. (Sequestration is a process of automatic, usually across-the-board spending reductions under which budgetary resources are permanently cancelled to enforce specific budget policy goals.)

The bill also specifically

  • excludes mixed-earner unemployment compensation from Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility determinations;
  • applies certain modified payment limits to rural health clinics that temporarily enrolled in Medicare during the public health emergency or that applied to enroll by December 31, 2020; and
  • preserves higher Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments for public hospitals in California under forthcoming payment methodology changes.
Amendments (2)
Mar 25, 2021
Not Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Active
Mar 25, 2021
Agreed to in Senate
2
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 1410
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Amendments
Public Record
Created
Mar 13, 2021 8:12:13 AM
Updated
May 4, 2021 5:26:59 AM