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House Committee Approves Appropriation Bill for HHS Funding

Thursday, July 19, 2012  
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The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation this week that provides funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The legislation authorizes a total of $68.3 billion, a reduction of $1.3 billion below last year's level and $1.8 billion below the President's budget request, for HHS. This includes a recommendation of $3.5 billion for CMS managment and operations ("Program Management"), which is $409 million below the fiscal year 2012 enacted level and $1.4 billion below the budget request.

"This legislation reflects our strong commitment to reduce over-regulation and unnecessary, ineffective spending that feeds the nation's deficits and hampers economic growth," said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (KY).

MDMA continues to advocate for appropriate funding levels for FDA, CMS and other federal agencies that work with the medical device industry.