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    Health research agency could be eliminated

    AUA argues for AHRQ’s importance in letter to legislators

    Bob GattyWashingtonWith the U.S. now spending nearly 18% of its gross domestic product on health care, Congress has targeted for drastic budget cuts the one agency of the government whose sole purpose is to improve the health care system. 

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    In June, the House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate all funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), while the Senate Appropriations Committee subsequently passed a separate fiscal year 2016 Labor-Health and Human Services bill that reduces the agency’s funding by 35%.

    There’s no telling whether either bill will come to the House and Senate floors for a vote, but Congress will eventually pass final FY 2016 legislation for the Department of Health and Human Services, and if a compromise is negotiated, the ultimate result could be somewhere between zero funding and that 35% Senate cut.

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    Bob Gatty
    Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.

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