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Senate Subcommittee Provides Modest Increase for NIH, Eliminates Title VII Programs

June 13, 2014—The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee June 10 approved by voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending bill. The bill awaits consideration by the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Therefore, the following funding levels, derived from the subcommittee summary or initial funding tables, will not be confirmed until the bill is considered by the full committee.

NIH: As described in the summary released by Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the bill provides a $606 million increase for NIH, restoring the budget to the FY 2012 level, or pre-sequestration. The summary also states this funding level will “allow NIH to allocate $100,000,000 for the second year of the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, an increase of $60,000,000.”

Health Professions: The subcommittee provides $234.2 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions programs, an $11.2 million (4.6 percent) decrease below the FY 2014 level.

Unlike the president’s request, the subcommittee includes funding for the Title VII Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), but does not provide funding for the Title VII Centers of Excellence (COE) program, the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), or the faculty loan repayment program [see Washington Highlights, March 7].

The subcommittee provides $58 million for the Title VII Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program, a $13 million increase over FY 2014, and $41 million primary care training and enhancement programs, a $4 million increase over FY 2014. The subcommittee also increases funding for Title VII workforce information and analysis to $5 million.

For the Title VIII nursing workforce programs, the subcommittee provides $236.3 million, a $12.5 million (5.6 percent) increase above the FY 2014 level.

Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME): The subcommittee provides $265 million for the CHGME program, rejecting the administration proposal to eliminate the program’s budget in FY 2015 [see Washington Highlights, March 7].

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): For AHRQ, the subcommittee provides $373.3 million, $2.3 million more than the FY 2014 funding level and $39.2 million more than the president’s FY 2015 request. Unlike previous years, the subcommittee funds the agency entirely through a direct appropriation instead of the Public Health Service (PHS) evaluation tap.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC): The subcommittee does not provide an appropriation for the NHSC, presumably since the NHSC Fund established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) provides $310 million in mandatory funding for the program in FY 2015. The NHSC Fund expires at the end of FY 2015.

National Healthcare Workforce Commission: The subcommittee has not released information on the funding level for the commission.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The subcommittee provides $5.999 billion in base budget authority for CDC. In addition, the subcommittee assumes a transfer of $887 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and $112 million from the Public Health Service (PHS) evaluation tap in FY 2015, bringing the subcommittee’s total for CDC to $6.998 billion. This funding level represents a $150 million (2.2 percent) increase over the FY 2014 level.

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Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559
Email: dbmoore@aamc.org

Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418
Email: akhalife@aamc.org

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