What the New Federal Budget May Mean for Your Health

The Trump administration's budget proposal--presented on March 16th—is expected to have an effect on a number of public health issues, as well as funding for medical research. Agencies that will likely be impacted include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which supports most of the country’s disease and treatment research; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which monitors and works to prevent disease outbreaks; and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposed budget slashes $5.8 million—about 20 percent overall—from the NIH—an organization that provides funding to more than 2.600 institutions throughout the country, primarily universities, and employs over 313,000 people in full- and part-time positions. It also contains provisions to reform the CDC by instituting a $500 million block grant that would give states the flexibility to focus on the specific public health challenges they face.

The budget provides an additional $500 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to help fight and prevent opioid addiction and creates a new emergency response fund to allow officials to respond more rapidly to public health outbreaks like Zika virus.

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