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HHS gets slight funding bump in minibus

Mar 21, 2024
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House and Senate leaders early this morning released text of the second minibus, which includes a Labor-HHS bill that would fund the federal health department at $116.8 billion for FY24.

Here are some other highlights:

  • NIH is in line to receive $48.6 billion in funding, a $300 million increase in base funding over FY23. The lion's share of the increase will go for mental health, Alzheimer's and cancer research.
  • The CDC would get $9.2 billion, the same as was allotted in FY2023.
  • The package includes $3.6 billion for pandemic preparedness and biodefense through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, including $65 million for BARDA.
  • Community health centers would get $1.86 billion.

There's also $1 billion for the Mental Health Block Grant and $153 million for behavioral health workforce education and training. The 988 suicide prevention lifeline would get an $18 million increase.

  • The package includes $613 million for prevention and treatment services for people at high risk for HIV transmission, which House Republicans had proposed eliminating.
  • The Hyde amendment was kept as a compromise between the two parties. And there was funding for Title X and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which House Republicans had proposed eliminating.

What's next: Leaders are lining up House and Senate votes before a Friday deadline to avoid a partial shutdown.

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