On Wednesday, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price testified before the House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee on a range of issues related to President Trump’s recently released FY18 “skinny budget.”
Questions from Subcommittee Members largely focused on proposed cuts in the budget to agencies and programs including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Reach and Quality (AHRQ), among others.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) raised serious concerns related to the President’s proposal to fold AHRQ into NIH including the potential for critical health services research to take a “backseat” to NIH’s medical research, especially if NIH were to face additional budget cuts.
Sec. Price expressed the Administration’s position that cuts are aimed at reducing inefficiency and duplication and eliminating ineffective programs. He also indicated that additional details will be available when the President’s full FY18 budget is released, likely in May.
As a member of the Friends of AHRQ and Coalition for Health Funding, HIMSS is actively engaged in working with partners across the healthcare and health research communities to educate policymakers on the importance of maintaining adequate funding for critical health agencies and programs.