Source: AAFP Washington, DC, Office
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16.
In a statement prompted by the budget outline, the American Academy of Family Physicians encouraged Congress to reject cuts proposed by the OMB. Overall, the blueprint calls for more than $15 billion in savings from the Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies and programs or a nearly 18% cut to HHS. Specifically, it proposes $5.8 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) even as it proposes to consolidate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) into NIH. The budget blueprint lacks account specificity, but the proposed $403 million cut to health professions training programs is thought to target the Nursing Corps Scholarship Program.