The Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee announced a partial list of spending cuts that would eliminate billions in healthcare funding in the remaining seven months of the fiscal year.
GOP funding cuts target healthcare
A package of reductions expected to exceed $74 billion will be included in the upcoming Continuing Resolution bill, according to Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.). “The cuts in this CR will represent the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation,” Rogers said in a statement.
The list includes a reduction of $1.3 billion to community health centers. “If this cut were to be approved, it would mean that America's health centers will lose the capacity to serve 11 million patients over the next year, with well over 3.3 million current patients losing their care within the next few months,” Tom Van Coverden, president and CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers, said in a statement.
“That is equivalent to terminating all healthcare to the entire population of Chicago, or to everyone living in the states of Wyoming, Vermont, North and South Dakota, and Alaska combined,” Van Coverden said.
The list also includes reductions of $1 billion to the National Institutes of Health; $755 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; $327 million to family planning; $220 million to the Food and Drug Administration; $210 million to maternal and child health block grants; and $27 million to poison control centers.
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