The Health and Human Services Department would get a 26.8% spending boost in fiscal 2023 under a budget proposal the White House issued Monday.
The budget plan outlines President Joe Biden's health priorities, which include improving public health infrastructure, advancing mental healthcare and making maternal health more equitable.
Biden is asking Congress to authorize $127.3 billion in discretionary funding for HHS, or $26.9 billion more than the department's allotment for fiscal 2021. The White House compared its budget proposals to fiscal 2021 because Congress only passed fiscal 2022 appropriations earlier this month.
White House budget requests tend to function as presidential wish lists and Congress is unlikely to adopt the majority of Biden's proposals. The president's latest budget departs from the slate of proposals he offered last year on making healthcare more affordable and accessible for patients that largely stalled in Congress.