As the government shut down over the weekend, it struck me once again: We in long-term care do not close our doors. Ever.
Government set to reopen, but more work required for long-term budget deal that could deliver fixes for seniorsJanuary 23, 2018
While the temporary government funding bill passed Monday night gives a deeply divided Congress more time to negotiate a final budget deal, advocacy groups said it overlooks the fact that several senior causes need immediate solutions.
Senators on both side of the aisle engaged in heavy negotiations — and in some cases political sniping — on Sunday, as they faced the prospect of a third day of the government shutdown.
Providers are likely looking forward to a fiscal 2014 with generally stable funding sources and no repeat of a government shutdown. The Senate was expected to vote on and pass a massive $1.1 trillion government spending bill as early as late this week. The House overwhelming passed it on Wednesday. The bipartisan agreement would keep payment levels to providers stable with those from 2013, which included sequestration cuts across most sectors. At 1,583 pages, the omnibus bill is a compromise for both major political parties. It funds the government through September and also sets overall spending limits for the next two years.
Somebody has an old saying that goes something like this: When elephants fight, only the grass gets trampled. I find that ironically apropos as the nation starts to realize its government might actually shut down at midnight tonight.