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President Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal

Feb. 11, 2016

On Feb. 9, President Obama’s final budget was delivered to the Congress. The budget totals $4.1 trillion in mandatory and discretionary spending, including an 8 percent reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services as compared to Fiscal Year 2016. While there are areas that fall short for public health programs, there are proposals included that are essential to battling public health emergencies, including a program that aims to combat the raging opioid problem in the United States. It is unclear how the Congress will sort out the Fiscal Year 2017 request, and if any action will be taken on new proposals or other funding levels included in the budget. ASTHO’s Government Relations staff will be further breaking down the budget request in the coming days, and a more comprehensive document will be released; however, ASTHO developed a chart basing the president’s request on our Fiscal Year 2016 priorities. Please see below.

Numbers in millions

Program

FY 15 Final

FY 16 Final

President’s
FY 17 Request

Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant

$160.0

$160.0

$0

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

$34.0

$34.0

$24.0

Section 317 Immunization Program and Program Operations

$610.8

$610.8

$560.5

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreements

$643.6

$660.0

$660.0

Hospital Preparedness Program

$255.0

$255.0

$255.0

Core Infectious Diseases

$218.0

$232.0

$228.0

Food Safety

$48.0

$52.0

$52.0

Healthcare-Associated Infections/ National Healthcare Safety Network

$30.0

$33.0

$33.0

Advanced Molecular Detection

$30.0

$30.0

$30.0

Notable reductions in the president’s FY 2017 budget include:

  • Elimination of the Prevent Block Grant
  • $50.3 million reduction to the Section 317 program
  • $10 million reduction to the Environmental Tracking program