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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Moratorium on Specialty Hospitals: Not So Fast

Contrary to my post yesterday, it appears that last-minute maneuvering in the Senate temporarily blocked passage of the budget bill, S. 1932, that contains the provision that would require HHS to extend the moratorium on new specialty hospitals. That is at least what the N.Y. Times is reporting today. The glitch, which can be tracked in the Congressional Record's rendition of yesterday's events (not available yesterday), occurred because Senate Democrats took out three relatively insignificant provisions from the budget reconciliation bill.  That meant that the House would have to re-vote on the budget bill, and because many House members left town for the holidays after their vote on a couple of appropriations bills on the 19th and 20th, it is unclear when that vote will occur -- possibly not until January, according to the Times' report. Accord, Washington Post[tm]

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