The Trump Administration released its budget for FY 2018 on May 23rd. Viewed as a guidance document for Agencies and Congress for policy and budgetary discussions, we can glean some insight into the Administration’s plans for health programs.
The Trump Administration released its budget for FY 2018 on May 23rd, articulating its priorities for the year, and for the next several years. While many on Capitol Hill have concluded that it is “dead on arrival,” we should not dismiss it so quickly, as this budget proposal is the Administration’s statement of its priorities and goals. The President’s Budget is the primary vehicle to detail the Administration’s policy priorities and vision for the country. Further, the Budget sets the precedent for future policy and budgetary discussions—fiscal year after fiscal year. Later this year when Appropriations Committees make their decisions about spending across federal programs, they will take the President’s Budget into consideration, and determine whether they are able to accommodate aspects of the Administration’s requests.
It is through this lens that we consider the request for health programs across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One common theme that is clear in this budget is that the cuts to health programs are widespread, and in some cases severe. Here are key takeaways:
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