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Title I: Gives $2.36 billion to the Department of Agriculture, available until the end of 2019, to pay for “expenses related to crops, trees, bushes, and vine losses” caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and other hurricanes and wildfires that took place in 2017.

Companies who have crop insurance can have 85% of their losses covered by our tax money
Companies who didn’t buy crop insurance can have up to 65% of their losses covered by our money
Title I: Gives $14 million to Puerto Rico’s food program but says the money is for infrastructure grants for infrastructure damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Sec. 20101: Changes the law to allow livestock producers to collect payments for cows they sold at reduced prices, instead of just dead ones, and eliminates the $20 million cap on total payouts for livestock producers.

Sec. 20201: Orders the Secretary of Commerce to issue a waiver within 120 days of the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act which prohibit the capture of marine mammals for three infrastructure projects designed to reduce land loss in Louisiana. It says the waiver for the projects “will remain in effect for the duration of the construction, operations and maintenance of the projects. No rule-making, permit, determination, or other condition or limitation shall be required when issuing a waiver pursuant to this section.”

Title IV: Gives $15 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to repair damages caused by natural disasters

$10 billion has to be spend in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Repairs made in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands “shall be conducted at full Federal expense”
Title V: Provides $1.652 billion for the “Disaster Loans Program Account” but $618 million of that can be spend on “administrative expenses to carry out the disaster loan program”

Title VI: Adds $23.5 billion to FEMA’s “Disaster Relief Fund”

Sec. 20604: Adds religious institutions to the definition of a “Private Nonprofit Facility”, which makes them eligible to receive tax money for disaster aid services.

Sec. 20605: Says the Federal government will pay 90% of the costs for 2017 wildfire disasters.

Title XI: Provides $1.374 billion for the Federal highway “Emergency Relief Program”, with the Federal government paying 100% of the costs for Puerto Rico

Title XI: Provides $28 billion in disaster relief for housing and infrastructure.

$11 billion must be spent on areas hit by Hurricane Maria
$2 billion of that will be spent on upgrades to electrical power systems
Sec. 20102: Allows victims of wildfires in CA to borrow up to $100,000 from their own retirement accounts and pay it back within 3 years.

Sec. 20103: Allows companies that had to close due to wildfires to get a credit for up to 40% of their employees’ wages, up to $6,000 each.

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Sec. 20104: Suspends limitations on charitable contributions made before December 31, 2018 for relief efforts in the California wildfire disaster area

Sec. 20301: Provides an extra $3.6 billion for Puerto Rico and $106 million for the US Virgin Islands for Medicaid

Puerto Rico can get $1.2 billion more if Puerto Rico implements a new process for transmitting data to the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) and if it creates a Medicaid fraud control unit
Subdivision 3: Extends 2017 government funding levels until March 23, 2018.

Funds the census
Forces the sale of $350 million worth of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

ec. 30101: Sets the budget limits for 2018 and 2019

2018
$629 billion for defense
$579 billion for non-defense
2019
$647 billion for defense
$597 billion for non-defense
Sec. 30102: Zeroes out the balances on the PAYGO budget scorecard.

Sec. 30204: Requires the Secretary of Energy to sell 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve every year from 2022-2025 and 35 million per year in 2026 and 2027.

Lowers the amount of oil we must have in reserves from 450 million barrels to 350 million barrels
Sec. 30301: Suspends the debt ceiling entirely until March 1, 2019.

Subtitle A, Subtitle B, and Subtitle C: Extend 31 tax credits

Sec. 40402: Extends until 2021 but then phases out tax credits for residential solar electricity, solar water heaters, small wind energy turbines, and geothermal heat pumps.

Sec. 40411: Extends until 2022 and then phases out a 30% credit for fiber-optic solar, fuel cell, and small wind energy property, eliminating the credits entirely by 2024.

Sec. 40501: Extends and expands tax credits for nuclear power facilities

Sec. 41119: Extends an existing tax credit for carbon sequestration technology for 6 years and changes it so that more money is rewarded for each ton of carbon captured and eliminates a cap on how many tons were eligible for credits (it was 75 million tons).

Title I: Extends the authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2027 and adds $48 million per year for 2023-2027 for enrollment assistance.

Title II: Extends Medicare programs

Sec. 50302: Authorizes voluntary telehealth appointments for people receiving at-home dialysis treatments for end state renal disease, as long as they see a doctor in-person every 3 months.

Sec. 50321: Expands a test program, which began in 2015 with 7 States, to all States. The program allows privately administered Medicare Advantage plans flexibility to design custom insurance plans for people with certain chronic diseases.

Sec. 50322: Starting in 2020, privately administered Medicare Advantage plans will be able to offer extra benefits for people with chronic health conditions and uniformity requirements will be waived for those plans.

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Sec. 50323: Starting in 2020, privately administered Medicare Advantage plans can include “telehealth benefits”

Sec. 50341: Starting sometime in 2019, some Medicare administrators will be allowed to offer incentives up to $20 to encourage seniors to encourage them to come to appointments with their primary care doctors. The money collected will not be considered taxable income. The Secretary of Health and Human Services can cancel this program at any time for any reason.

Sec. 50412: Increased criminal and civil fines for Federal health care program fraud

Sec. 50502: Updates the abstinence education program and increases funding from $50 million to $75 million in 2018 and 2019

Sec. 50711: Creates a program funding State efforts to provide mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and parenting counseling to parents in order to prevent their children from being placed in foster care.

Sec. 50712: Allows foster care payments to be given to licensed residential treatment facilities if the facility welcomes the child to live with its parent as long as the facility provides parenting classes and family counseling.

Sec. 50745: Requires States to require every child-care institution to run fingerprint-based checks of national crime information databases on any adult working in their facility.

Sec. 50901: Funds Community Health Centers with $3.8 billion for 2018 and $4 billion for 2019

Sec. 52001: Repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board

Title XII: Offsets

Sec. 53103: Requires Medicaid to count lottery winnings as income when determining Medicaid eligibility

Sec. 53105: Rescinds $985 million from the Medicaid Improvement Fund, which is meant to improve oversight of Medicaid contracts and contractors.

Sec. 53107: Reduces pay for outpatient physical and occupational therapists for care their assistant’s provide to 85 percent of the rate that would have otherwise been paid.

Sec. 53114: Increases the percentage that people who make over $500,000 per year pay for Medicare premiums from 80% to 85%.

Sec. 53115: Empty’s the Medicare Improvement Fund by eliminating all $220 million.

Sec. 53116: Accelerates the closing of the prescription drug “donut hole” for seniors by moving up a decrease in out of pocket prescription costs to 25% by one year – it’s now 2019 – and by increasing the percentage that drug manufacturers must discount their drugs from 50% to 70%.

Sec. 53119: Cuts $1.35 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund over the next 10 years.

Division G: Budgetary Effects
Exempts the entire law from the PAYGO scorecard and the Senate PAYGO scorecards.

 

 

Taxes now pay for church natural disaster damage with no regulation on what they do with the money.

Among other terrible shit

Nobody wants to cover whats actually in that monster bill.

The Great Yardsale Continues

 

AC

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