Earlier this week, President Bush released his $3.1 trillion 2009 budget request, which includes freezes and decreases for the budgets of many health programs, alongside massive defense spending. The budget documents are difficult to sift through, but a few health-related proposals are worth noting.
Among the cuts and lack of increases:
- No increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health, which funds a vast amount of medical research
- A $412 million (~4.5%) decrease in program funding for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- An $995 million (~14%) reduction in program funds for the Health Resources and Services Administration, including flat funding for Title X family planning and decreases in funding for healthcare workforce development.
- A $198 million (~6%) decrease for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Flat funding for child welfare and child abuse prevention under the Administration for Children and Families
- Nearly 30% reduction in international family planning and reproductive health funding
The kicker? The budget includes $191 million for abstinence-only education through the Administration for Children and Families, a $28 million increase (~17%).
Additional coverage of and reactions to the 2009 proposed budget:
- Population Action International
- Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report
- Daily Women’s Health Policy Report: Medicaid family planning cuts and abstinence and AIDS relief
- Planned Parenthood
- AIDS Action
Note: If you find additional relevant changes in the 2009 budget proposal, please let us know in the comments.