NRHA Appropriations & COVID-19 Relief Package Updates

Unfortunately, efforts to pass an additional COVID-19 relief package have stalled on Capitol Hill. While there are rumors that a bill could still come together, they are largely just that: rumors. NRHA is continuing to advocate that Capitol Hill include a list of rural health care priorities in any potential COVID-19 relief package, but the prospects remain bleak. Instead, Capitol Hill’s attention has shifted to the September 30th federal funding cliff. NRHA expects a clean continuing resolution (CR) to be passed in the coming weeks, but the CR’s end date is still up for debate. Republicans are in favor of setting the CR end date in mid-December, while Democrats are hoping for a CR that extends well into the new year, likely February. NRHA will continue to keep our members apprised of any new appropriations legislation, which will likely come together in the next few days.