Budget Deal Includes Permanent Return to Ahlborn and Other Health Measures


Congress passed a major deal on February 9 to raise the budget caps for future spending by $300 billion over the next two years. The legislation also contained a mix of health provisions, some good, some bad. One item NAELA advocated for this Congress was to end the legislative overturning of Arkansas Dept. of Health and Human Servs. v. Ahlborn, 547 U.S. 268 (2006). That case prevented states from recovering Medicaid costs from a beneficiary's full personal injury settlement. The legislation permanently returns Ahlborn as law of the land.