A Busy Week to End 2019. Sort of.
A short-term extender package would look like a three or four month extension of the extender programs. A deal like this would still leave drug pricing and surprise billing on the table as potentially possible early next year, as Congress will again look for a long-term extension of the health care extenders and will need a pathway to pay for it. The Committees have already provided details on what a long-term extender package would look like. While the assembly we thought might happen this week appears not to have occurred, a short-term deal leaves every issue (drug pricing, surprise billing, and health care extenders) in play for the early part of 2020.
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