New HHS Budget Plan Released

The total proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services for 2010 is $76.8 billion, which is down slightly from the $78.4 billion for HHS in 2009, but the stimulus package includes another $22.4 billion for HHS-related spending.

The President’s budget plan also includes a $634 billion health care reserve fund designed to help cover the costs of overhauling the health care system.

The reserve fund is referred to as a “down payment on health care reform,” and is financed in part by squeezing $316 billion in efficiencies out of the current health care system by “aligning incentives toward quality,” “promoting efficiency/accountability,” and “encouraging shared responsibility.”

You can view a summary of each HHS office budget, including the Health Resources and Services Administration, here or a synopsis of the enitre department budget here.

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