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House Democrats Release FY15 Labor-HHS Bill

September 19, 2014— House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Democrats Sept. 15 released their draft fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending bill, because, as an accompanying press release notes, “Republicans who control the committee refused to even bring a bill before the subcommittee for a vote.”

According to a summary released by Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), “The bill ensures that funding for virtually every education, health and labor program is returned to at least pre-sequester funding levels and it does so within the funding constraint of $155.7 billion set by the House Republican Majority, which is $1.1 billion below current levels. The bill expands the use of mandatory offsets contained in current law to support its increased funding levels.”

Without a committee markup and report of the bill, additional details on specific funding levels for programs in the bill are not available. However, documents released by Rep. DeLauro note the following funding levels:

National Institutes of Health (NIH): For NIH, the bill provides $30.632 billion, an increase of $778 million (2.6 percent) over FY 2014, and restores the NIH budget to the pre-sequestration level.

Health Professions: According to the summary table, the bill provides funding for the Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and Title VII Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program, rejecting the president’s proposal to eliminate funding for both programs.

The bill also includes $238.3 million for Title VIII nursing workforce programs, a $14.5 million (6.7percent) increase above FY 2014 levels.

Additional details on the specific funding levels for each of the Title VII and Title VIII programs are not yet available.

Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program (CHGME): The bill would restore funding for the CHGME program to its pre-sequestration funding level of $265.2 million, a $0.9 million (0.3 percent) increase above the FY 2014 funding level.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC): The bill provides $100 million in discretionary funding for the NHSC. However, 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, bringing the bill’s total for the program to $410 million.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):For AHRQ, the bill provides $373.3 million, a $2.3 million increase above the FY 2014 funding level.

National Healthcare Workforce Commission:The bill provides $3 million for the commission, which was established as an independent advisory body in the ACA. Though the Government Accountability Office appointed commissioners Sept. 30, 2010 [see Washington Highlights, Oct. 1, 2010], to date, Congress has not approved an appropriation to fund the commission’s activities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The bill provides $7.077 billion for the CDC, a $244 million (3.6 percent) increase over the FY 2014 funding level.

Contact:

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

Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525
Email: trasouli@aamc.org

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

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