Senate Recess Delayed Until Mid-August; Health Reform Unclear

July 14, 2017

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced, "The Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August.” Work on health care reform still tops the list of issues to address. Earlier this month the Senate delayed voting on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, H. R. 1628 (BCRA of 2017) because there were not enough votes to pass the legislation with key Senators and Governors voicing concerns over provisions that change the Medicaid funding mechanism. A number of amendments are currently being considered and the Senate may take up a vote during this additional time. The Society urges Congress to use this time to work with stakeholders on revised legislation that does not cut Medicaid and hurt access for millions of Americans requiring post-acute and long-term care services.