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House Proposes Deep Cuts in FY 2013 Appropriations Bill

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Today, July 18, 2012, the House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) Appropriations Subcommittee approved their draft bill for FY 2013 by a vote of 8-6. The bill provides a total of $150 billion, which falls $6.3 billion below the FY 2012 funding level and $8.8 billion less than the spending caps established through the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. Outlined below are funding levels proposed in the bill of interest to AACN members:

  • The Health Professions and Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VII & Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (PSA)) along with Title III of PSA are provided $623.272 million. While Title VII and VIII specific funding levels will not be available until the committee releases its report, the bill reportedly includes over $100 million in cuts to health professions, including a 14% cut to Title VIII, which would fund the Nursing Workforce Development programs at approximately $197 million.

  • The bill provides $144.597 million to the National Institute of Nursing Research (level funding from FY 2012).

  • The bill also eliminates funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

AACN is concerned with the steep cuts proposed by the House and will be working with our colleagues in the health and education communities to protect funding for these programs, which are critical to our nation’s wellness. The fiscal and political reality surrounding this year’s appropriations process creates an increased urgency for AACN members to react to these expansive cuts. AACN will continue to keep you apprised of the appropriations process as it unfolds. For more details, see the current issue of AACN Policy Beat.