A new Senate funding bill omits resources the Obama administration sought to launch healthcare reform.
The $984 billion bill, unveiled late Monday, would keep the government funded through Sept. 30 and avert a federal shutdown slated for March 27.
The bipartisan measure avoided most provisions that would have drawn a Republican filibuster. That included $1 billion the White House had hoped to steer to the CMS for carrying out provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The addition to the $3.8 billion CMS administrative budget, according to congressional Democrats, was primarily intended to help the launch of health insurance exchanges, which are supposed to begin enrolling beneficiaries in all 50 states on Oct. 1.
The federal costs of those exchanges likely have spiraled since 26 states deferred in February to the federal government to operate their marketplaces—far more than the law's authors had expected.