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Trump Budget Proposes 23 Percent Cut to HHS Programs

Recently, President Donald Trump released his budget proposing significant cuts to biomedical research and health professional training programs as part of a budget to reduce discretionary spending at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by 23 percent.

The proposal would cut the budget of the National Institutes of Health by $5.8 billion, or about 18 percent from 2017 levels. The Trump Administration is requesting $65.1 billion for HHS for the 2018 fiscal year down from $84.6 billion in 2016.

The proposal would end some training programs for health professionals (including funds for dental schools and dental students), saving $403 million while continuing to fund the National Health Service Corp which encourages dentists and other healthcare professionals to work in underserved areas.

Other proposed changes include a $500 million increase in funding for opioid abuse prevention efforts and a $70 million increase in funds for the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control program.


By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance