President Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Proposal
May 24, 2017
Origin: ASRM Press Release
Yesterday, President Trump released his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal to Congress which outlines his budget priorities and proposed funding for federal agencies and programs for the coming year.
Trump’s budget slashes critical health programs and proposes alarming cuts to several agencies which play an important role for the field of reproductive medicine. Of concern, the budget proposal:
- Requests $69.0 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion (18%) decrease from the 2017 annualized level;
- Reduces the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) spending relative to the 2017 level by $5.8 billion to a total of $25.9 billion and includes a major reorganization of NIH’s Institutes and Centers;
- Eliminates the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality;
- Reduces spending for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by $1.2 billion to $6.4 billion;
- Increases Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical product user fees to over $2 billion, about $1 billion over the 2017 annualized CR level;
- Prohibits FDA’s use of funds to send any communications regarding an investigational new drug involving the creation or genetic modification of a human embryo;
- Prohibits Planned Parenthood from participating in any program funded through Congress’s annual Labor-HHS appropriations process, which marks the first time an individual health care provider has been singled out for defunding;
- Retains the Hyde Amendment which prevents Medicaid and Medicare recipients from using their health insurance to access safe and legal abortion care (except in limited circumstances);
- Eliminates funding of international family planning programs;
- Maintains a prohibition on the federal funding of embryo research.
On the plus side, the budget proposal:
- Maintains the Department of Veterans Affairs ability to provide IVF services to wounded veterans;
- Creates a new Federal Emergency Response Fund to rapidly respond to public health outbreaks, such as the Zika virus.
President Trump also issued a sequestration order requiring that direct spending budgetary resources for fiscal year 2018 in each non-exempt budget account be reduced by an equivalent amount to balance the budget.
The annual release of the President’s budget signals the beginning of the annual appropriations process on Capitol Hill where congressional leaders will develop their own spending priorities in the coming weeks.