Newly Released Trump Budget Proposes Big Health Cuts

Health Affairs Blog, Trump Budget Proposes Big Health Cuts, Timothy Jost, May 23, 2017

“As has been widely reported, President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, released on May 23, 2017, would cut corporate and personal income taxes, particularly for higher-income taxpayers, increase defense and border security spending, and cut spending for health and social programs. Projected spending cuts across virtually all federal government health programs would be dramatic. Over the next ten years, the budget proposes cutting Obamacare” outlays by $1.25 trillion, resulting in $250 billion in deficit reduction, through the American Health Care Act’s program amendments. Beyond that, Trump’s budget would cut Medicaid spending by $610 billion and cut CHIP by $5.8 billion (while extending it through 2019.

Medicaid would apparently be cut beyond the AHCA reductions by increasing the stringency of per capita cap and block grant reductions already included in that bill. CHIP funding would be cut by eliminating…” G2X TAKE: As expected, the FY18 budget for the new administration was released yesterday, with many Federal Healthcare agencies and programs taking big hits.

As the article above points out, there is a long way to go before this is finalized and the end product is likely to look quite different, but the proposed budget does speak to intent and priority of the new administration. Expect to see dozens of articles in the coming days as different groups offer up their perspective on the challenges and issues that can and do come along with cuts. 

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