House Budget Draft Would Eliminate AHRQ

June 23, 2015 at 11:15 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations | Leave a comment

The House Appropriations Committee recently released a draft of the Health and Human Services budget that would cut all funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In a statement, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) explained, “This legislation continues our efforts to reduce wasteful spending, to stop harmful and unnecessary regulations that kill jobs and impede economic growth, and to make wise investments in proven programs on behalf of the American taxpayer.”(1) The AHRQ’s budget for fiscal year 2015 was $440 million.(2) Critics point out that this equates to approximately “.01 percent of all healthcare spending yet saves much more.”(3)

The draft budget would also eliminate two agencies that were created as a result of the Affordable Care Act: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.(4)

If you oppose these cuts, the best thing to do is to contact the member(s) of Congress from your state and urge them to vote against the bill as it is currently written. You can find links to your state’s Congressional delegation on the Government Relations tab of the NAHSL guide.

You can also follow the discussion about AHRQ’s funding by checking the #SaveAHRQ hashtag on Twitter.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

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