Trump budget cuts funding for health agencies

The Trump administration's 2021 budget request delivered Monday to Congress includes a nearly 10% cut to HHS, although the requested cuts are not expected to win approval from the House of Representatives, which has the power of the purse and a Democratic majority. The budget request would trim funding for CDC by almost 16%.

The Trump administration's 2021 budget request delivered Monday to Congress includes a nearly 10% cut to HHS, although the requested cuts are not expected to win approval from the House of Representatives, which has the power of the purse and a Democratic majority. The budget request would trim funding for CDC by almost 16%. HHS officials said they want the CDC to focus on its core mission of preventing and controlling infectious diseases and on other emerging public health issues, such as opioid abuse. Officials propose to take the money that would normally go to fund individual disease prevention activities and funnel it into a single block grant to states. The budget says chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes have common risk factors, and thus consolidating funds "can help magnify the public health impact." Although the budget reduces overall funding for global health, from $571 million to $532 million in 2021, officials carved out an extra $50 million for measures aimed at disease detection and emergencies. However, international HIV/AIDS programs would be cut by about $58 million. The budget proposes to give NIH a $38 billion budget for fiscal 2021, about $3 billion less than the total NIH has this fiscal year. Priorities at NIH under Trump include research on the opioid epidemic. The president is also proposing the strip regulation of tobacco products from FDA, creating instead a new office within HHS to regulate them. Doing so, the White House said, would "increase direct accountability and more effectively respond to this critical area of public health concern" and allow the FDA to focus more intently on approving drugs and medical devices.