Trump Budget Proposes 23 Percent Cut to HHS Programs
By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance
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.
This article was prepared by Patrick Cooney in his personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the Dental Trade Alliance.