Trump Releases Budget Proposal for Health Department

The Department of Health and Human Services would receive $95.4 billion under the budget proposal released by the Trump administration Monday.

Under the proposal, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would face a cut but the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration would see increases.

“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,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

The administration requested $11 billion for 2019 for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a cut of about $900 million.

That includes $175 million in new funding to address the opioid crisis.

The Administration for Children and Families, which provides assistance to families in poverty, would get $15.3 billion, a decrease of nearly $4 billion.

However, NIH would get a boost of $1.4 billion in the proposal, with total funding of $35.5 billion for 2019.

That includes $750 million to NIH as part of a $10 billion HHS wide investment in fighting the opioid crisis.

The FDA would get $5.8 billion under the proposal, an increase of $673 million.

The Indian Health Service would receive $6.8 billion in 2019, an increase of $513 million.

Azar will testify in front of three congressional committees this week on the budget, beginning Wednesday morning with the House Ways and Means Committee.

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