Congress suggests bringing back earmarks, signals increased funding for hospitals
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Congress suggests bringing back earmarks, signals increased funding for hospitals

Congressional representatives are predicting a return of earmarks in early 2019, which could result in increased funding for hospitals with not-for-profit tax designation and university medical centers. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has typically scored the second most earmarks after the Department of Defense.

  • Washington lobbyists indicated the increased funding could help hospitals with construction projects or expensive equipment purchases
  • Earmarks were halted in 2010, and only not-for-profit or public sector entities are allowed to receive earmarks

Earmarked money for HHS primarily comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The HRSA manages Ryan White/AIDS clinics, healthcare workforce training programs and rural health policy programs, while SAMHSA develops treatment programs focused on the opioid epidemic, behavioral health and mental health.

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