The White House said it wants to bolster spending on health information technology and expand prevention and wellness programs while building more community health centers as part of a newly released budget outline.
Under President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget, many agencies under HHS would see slight increases in funding over their 2010 numbers. For starters, department heads at the Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service and the government's health IT group will see budget increases of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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 billion in the next fiscal year.
In its spending breakdown, the Obama 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.