Hyde Amendment: Updated
Update: August 1, 1997
Congress adjourned August 1 for its summer recess.
In response to the increased use of managed care in Medicaid, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) is proposing an updated Hyde Amendment that explicitly prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funds to pay for health benefits coverage that includes abortion. This amendment would be attached to the Fiscal Year 98 Labor/Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill (HR 2264, S 1061). The rule governing House floor debate for this bill was approved July 31. The rule allows the language of the proposed updated Hyde Amendment to be considered on the floor. It appears that abortion advocates in Congress have now agreed to accept this new language. The Labor/HHS Bill is expected to be one of the first to come up after the August recess.
Update: September 12, 1997
The Senate returned from the August recess September 2, the House September 3.
Both House and Senate have adopted the updated Hyde Amendment as part of the Fiscal Year 98 Labor/HHS Appropriations Bill (S 1061, HR 2264).