House negotiators seeking bipartisan immigration legislation left a meeting Thursday without a final agreement, but members reported making progress on the key sticking point of healthcare.

“I’m very hopeful,” Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) told reporters after the closed-door meeting in the Capitol.

The members of the group left to return to their districts, but they appeared to be in roughly the same place as they were a week ago, when seven of the eight negotiators signed on to what they termed an “agreement in principle” on far-reaching immigration legislation.