The new budget passed by the US Congress on February 9 extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another four years, authorizes funding for community health centers and fighting the opioid epidemic, and eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The IPAB had been charged with developing proposals to ensure that specific target growth rates established by the ACA were met. However, no appointments were ever made to the board, and Medicare costs have grown slowly enough that target growth rates were never exceeded. To read more, go to