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March 26, 2024

Congress Completes Action on FY 2024 Health Appropriations

Congress averted a partial government shutdown by completing work on the remaining fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations bills, including increased funding to HHS and NIH as well as other funding to benefit healthcare workers detailed below; NASS is closely monitoring these developments and will provide any updates as to the benefits to the healthcare system generated by this increased funding in the coming months.

The $1.2 trillion deal includes funding for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), State-Foreign Operations, and four other spending bills. On Friday, March 22, the House of Representatives passed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 under suspension of the rules by a vote of 286-134. Early Saturday morning, the bill passed the Senate in a 74-24 vote. The package increases HHS funding by $955 million over FY 2023 for a total of $117.4 billion. The National Institutes of Health received a $300 million increase in base funding for a total of $48.6 billion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received $9.2 billion, a $4.5 million increase. The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) maintains its current $1.5 billion funding level. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be funded at $369 million. Although this represents a $4.5 million decrease from FY 2023 levels, the House package had originally proposed eliminating AHRQ. The agreement provides $700 million for global health security, which represents a compromise between the House bill that had proposed to cut funding and the Senate bill that would have increased funding to $900 million. The agreement also includes not less than $10,000,000 to support the global health workforce and appropriates $300 million for the vaccine alliance Gavi. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS and the President’s Malaria Initiative would receive a $1.65 billion contribution. President Biden signed the spending package into law on Saturday.