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February 2015 Monthly Briefing

The Bottom Line

President Obama released his FY 2016 budget request on February 2:

  • NIH: +$1B or +3.3%
  • CDC: +$141M or +2.05%
  • Level ($25M) funding for the CDC Prevention Research Centers
  • Level ($9.9M) funding for the HRSA Public Health Training Centers
  • No funds requested for HRSA Public Health Traineeships, the CDC Academic Preparedness Centers, NIOSH Centers

What's New

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Process Begins

President Obama on February 2 released his $4.066 trillion fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. The proposal calls for ending sequestration and would exceed the fiscal 2016 spending caps in current law by almost $71 billion. The request would yield a deficit of $474 billion. The proposal would increase domestic discretionary spending by about 7 percent and increase research and development spending by 5.5 percent.

NIH: President Obama is proposing a $31.311 billion program level budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2016. That represents a $1 billion (or +3.3%) increase over the FY 2015 level. NIH highlights:

CDC: The Administration is proposing a program level budget of $ 7.010 billion, an increase of $141 million or +2.05 percent for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. $914.2 million of the budget would come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). CDC highlights include:

HRSA: The Administration is proposing a program level budget of $10.375 billion in FY 2016 for the Health Resources and Services Administration, an increase of $45 million (or +0.4%). HRSA highlights:

AHRQ: The Administration is proposing a program level budget of $479.3 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualify in FY 2016, a $14.3 million increase (+3.1%). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would be funded at $11.6 million (+ $0.1M).

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