Senate committee approves Labor-HHS appropriations bill

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today voted 16-14 along party lines to approve a fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill that provides $164.3 billion in discretionary funding for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments. According to a committee summary of the bill, the funding includes $30.96 billion for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, $5.2 billion for program management at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, nearly $1.6 billion for community health centers, and $943 million for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The bill also would provide $640 million for activities to control health care fraud and abuse, more than double the FY 2013 level; $290 million for Community Transformation Grants for evidence-based public health interventions; and $267 million for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education, the same level as in FY 2013. Other provisions include $251 million for nursing workforce development programs; $119 million in new funding to increase access to mental health services; about $41 million for Rural Hospital Flexibility Grants; and $20 million for a new Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative to strengthen dementia-capable services and supports.

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