The Senate today voted 72-25 to pass and send to the House a continuing resolution that would extend current federal funding levels for health care and other programs through Dec. 16. Current government funding expires at midnight Sept. 30.  
  
The legislation also would extend through Dec. 16 two expiring programs that help maintain access to care in rural communities: the Medicare-dependent Hospital and enhanced Low-volume Adjustment programs. AHA will continue to advocate for long-term extension of these programs. Among other provisions, the continuing resolution would reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee programs, and provide emergency funding for Ukraine and disaster assistance. 
  
A proposal dealing with energy-permitting plans was dropped from the measure on Tuesday, speeding passage of the legislation. The House is expected to pass the measure by Friday.  

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