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October 2nd, 2017

Congress Passes 3-Month Extension of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

During the afternoon of Thursday, September 28th, the House and Senate passed H.R. 3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017, which reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and provides some tax relief provisions for those areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but also includes a 3-month extension for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The SDPI program had been set to expire after September 30th. H.R. 3823 provides the current level of funding for the “first quarter of the fiscal year 2018”.

Although tribes have been seeking a longer term reauthorization of the SDPI program, the likely legislative vehicle for that reauthorization, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization, was not considered by Congress last week. While a 3-month extension is not ideal, it will ensure that there is no gap in funding provided for the program.

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