Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have advanced funding bills for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor that propose a reduction in current funding by approximately $3.6 billion, totaling $14 billion less than what President Obama requested in his 2016 Fiscal Year budget, according to The Hill. The Senate bill seeks to reverse key provisions of the Affordable Care Act through blocking funding for the Risk Corridor program and discretionary funding for state Marketplaces. The House bill cuts the salaries of federal employees who enforce the law and ends all funding to the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality. On the other hand, the House and Senate bills both increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by $1.1 billion and $2 billion, respectively. The bills must be reconciled before being sent to the President for his signature.
Uninsured Rate Declined Substantially in 2014, According to CDC
A new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2014, 11.5% of the population (36 million individuals) was uninsured, a historic low. In particular, the report noted dramatic decreases in uninsurance rates between 2013 and 2014 for people of all ages, but most markedly for adults aged 19-25, whose insurance rates decreased from 26.5% to 20.0%.