The U.S. President Donald Trump has unveiled his 2019 budget plan. There is a cut of $7.1 trillion funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs. The cut in the funding includes Medicare and other health programs. He has boosted the funds to fight the opioid crisis.
The President has asked the Congress to annul the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He has passed an ACA replacement bill and has also slashed the funding for Medicaid. There is a recommendation from the administration for $5 billion funding to fight the opioid crisis for the next five years.
The budget proposal is sure going to find opposition from the opposition from both the parties at the Capitol Hill. Many of the advocacy groups also do not find it to be a good budget proposal.
There are new strategies proposed in the budget to combat the increase in the drug prices. The budget proposes “perverse payment incentives” that rewards the use of higher priced drugs.
The higher priced drugs are getting a lot of attention in the budget. But, there is no mention or support given to affordable drug manufacturing companies. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program suffers a cut of $200 billion and more in the next 10 years.