Trump’s proposed budget would slash HHS

By: February 12th, 2018 Email This Post Print This Post

The budget for the 2019 fiscal year proposed today by the Trump Administration would slash by $18 billion the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If approved, that represents a 21% decrease from its 2017 budget.

According to The Hill, all but three HHS agencies are subject to budget cuts, the exceptions being the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, and the Indian Health Service. (Those three would receive modest bumps to their budgets in 2019.)

Per The Hill, CDC faces a $1 billion budget cut, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funding would decrease by $688 million, and the Administration for Children and Families would lose $4 billion — about 1/5 of its budget.

Furthermore, President Trump’s budget proposes cutting $1.7 trillion in funding for HHS programs, including Medicare, over the next decade, per USA Today, which said Trump also encouraged Congress (again) to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“The president’s budget makes investments and reforms that are vital to making our Health and Human Services programs work for Americans and to sustaining them for future generations,” said new HHS Secretary Alex Azar, slated to testify about the budget in front of three congressional committees this week, in a statement.


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