from Ntl FV: House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on spending for FY 2020, which began on October 1. See Lawmakers Pile on the Spending In $1.4 Trillion Deal (The Hill, 12/16/19), and the House has passed the measure. See Massive Spending, Tax Packages Headed for Senate (Roll Call, 12/17/19). The legislation will also extend some important health programs for five months, and includes some other significant policy provisions, as explained below. Significantly, the deal does NOT include any provisions to address surprise medical billing . See Surprising Swings In Momentum For Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills (Kaiser Health News, 12/17/19). Nor does the deal include any major measures to control the cost of prescription drugs . The Health 202: Congress Failed to Pass a Drug Pricing Overhaul. So It Set Another Deadline (Washington Post "Power Post," 12/17/19). Appropriations: Some programs of importance to children and youth with spec
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