Obama 2011 budget request: Department of Health and Human Services

By Ceci Connolly
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 12:15 PM

Last year President Obama used his budget to lay the groundwork for comprehensive health-care reform, proposing a 10-year, $634 billion reserve fund as a "down payment" on universal coverage.

This year's blueprint does not include that money, though administration sources said the overall federal budget assumes a bill will be enacted and result in deficit reduction of $150 billion over the next decade.

The budget for the Department of Health and Human Services envisions a few minor changes: a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, $1.6 billion more for child care and an additional $290 million for community health centers.

Most of the $900 billion budget comprises two mandatory programs: Medicare for the elderly and disabled, and Medicaid for the poor.

States would receive $290 billion for Medicaid, including an additional $25 billion to extend by six months increases enacted in last year's economic recovery act.

Medicare would rise to $489 billion after recouping an anticipated $722 million in waste, fraud and abuse.

Obama is proposing to continue increased spending on health information technology and comparative effectiveness research. The pandemic flu program will be funded with money from last year's economic stimulus act.

For the full budget request, click here.

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