But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conversely, would see a decrease in funding, going from $6.4 billion this year to a projected $6.3 in the next fiscal year.
In its spending breakdown, the administration plans to push for $110 million more for wiring doctors' offices and hospitals; $290 million for community health centers; and $79 million for rural healthcare.
The administration also calls for a temporary $25.5 billion increase in state Medicaid payments to offset increased use of the program.
The budget itself, however, assumes that major health reform legislation would be approved this year. The spending blueprint allows for a $150 billion hit to the deficit, on par with congressional estimates. It also puts the total price of reform at more than $712 billion over the next decade, lower than either the Senate's or the House's legislative packages.
“One of the reasons why the administration has been pursuing health reform legislation—why we believe it's so important for the nation—is not only that the legislation under discussion reduces the deficit over the next decade, but just as importantly, it puts in place the infrastructure to allow us to constrain cost growth in the decades thereafter while improving quality,” White House budget chief Peter Orszag said.
Overall, the White House expects the budget to peak at a record high $1.55 trillion this year before subsiding in 2011 and then wavering over the next decade.
In its second annual budget blueprint, the administration projects the national deficit will drop to $1.26 trillion in fiscal 2011, with overall spending climbing to $383 trillion, or 8.3% of gross domestic product.
However, federal spending as a percentage of GDP in the next fiscal year is less than this year's projection of 10.6%.
Orszag said that the nation's debt climbed, in part, due to unchecked deficit spending, citing the decision not to offset the cost of the Medicare drug program in 2003 as one example.
All dollar amounts are projected over a 10-year period, and the projected spending freeze would not include Medicare or Medicaid.
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