Congress reconvened on Tuesday to face an ambitious agenda with numerous major deadlines that hit at month’s end. On the spending front, Congress must decide whether to raise the debt limit, whether to renew certain health programs including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and draft a fiscal year 2018 budget before current funding expires Sept. 30. Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions led off today with one of a series of hearings to deliver a bipartisan plan to stabilize the 2018 exchanges by Sept. 27, the deadline for insurers to finalize participation agreements, and will continue hearing testimony from state insurance commissioners and governors to all week. Democrats look to guarantee the federal government funds cost sharing reduction subsidies, while Republicans seek more autonomy for states. There appears to be appetite on both sides for repealing taxes on medical devices and health insurance plans.
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