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Draft measure takes aim at reform law implementation

By Jessica Zigmond
Posted: September 29, 2011 - 2:45 pm ET

A draft 2012 funding bill Thursday from the House Appropriations Committee would rescind more than $8 billion in funding to implement the healthcare reform law and prohibit funding for CMS' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the office overseeing state insurance exchanges.

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Specifically for HHS, the committee's draft fiscal 2012 Labor and HHS bill included about $70.2 billion in new discretionary budget authority next year, which is about $200 million below last year's level. It's also about $2.8 billion less—about 4%—than what the president had requested in his fiscal 2012 budget. The legislation includes a general provision to prohibit funding to implement the health reform law “until such time as all legal challenges to the law have been concluded, and rescinds a total of more than $8.6 billion” in funding for the law, the committee said in a news release about the funding.

Overall, the legislation to fund federal programs within HHS and the Labor and Education departments includes a total of $153.4 billion in discretionary funding, which is about $4 billion below the 2011 enacted funding level and $27.5 billion below what President Barack Obama had requested in his budget for next year.

The draft bill needs to be considered by a subcommittee, but that date has not yet been scheduled. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its 2012 funding bill last week.

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