The bipartisan infrastructure legislation is the first part of a two-track strategy to advance President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. The Senate could consider the bipartisan infrastructure package next week, but the situation remains fluid. Movement on the second part, a $3.5 trillion fiscal year 2022 budget resolution with reconciliation instructions, is contingent on how quickly the Senate can wrap up bipartisan infrastructure negotiations.
Senate Budget Committee Democrats announced an agreement on July 13 on the budget resolution, which will facilitate passage of “human” infrastructure legislation via the budget reconciliation process. The partisan “human” infrastructure legislation is expected to include several health provisions—in line with President Biden’s and Democrats’ priorities—and could potentially include hospital and health care provider investments.
GNYHA will continue to advocate for hospital and health care provider infrastructure investments in the reconciliation bill, including capital access to support provider modernization and construction efforts; health care workforce investments to support the training of doctors, nurses, and ancillary staff of diverse backgrounds; and health information technology and digital investments.