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Nursing Community Expresses Deep Concern Over President’s Budget Far-Reaching Cuts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  
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The following is provided courtesy of AONE.  For more information visit www.aone.org.

 

As  expected, based on the Administration’s Budget Blueprint released in March, President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal recommends to Congress steep cuts to HHS programs overall. Released officially today, the proposal suggests, that the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs be decimated by 64% taking the funding level from $229.472 million in FY 2017 down to $82.977 million. To put this in context, this is slightly more than the programs received back in FY 2001. Essentially, what the budget recommends is to only fund the NURSE Corps (Loan Repayment and Scholarship program) and eliminates the funding for the following Title VIII programs:

  • Advanced Nursing Education Grants (ANE), ANE Traineeships, and Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships
  • Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Program
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program
  • Nursing Workforce Diversity Grants
  • Comprehensive Geriatric Education Grants

As it relates to the NINR, the cuts propose taking the funding levels back to approximately what NINR received 16 years ago. The President recommends a 24% reduction to NINR— taking the funding from $150.273 million in FY 2017 down to $113.668 million. For all of NIH, the recommended cut is approximately 21% taking the funding from $32.084 billion to $26.9 billion.

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