Late last week Congress passed a $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” (so called because a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the Department of Homeland Security was combined with an omnibus made up of the remaining 11 appropriations bills) to fund the U.S. government through the end of FY2015. In addition to including funding for global health programs at USAID, the Department of State, and CDC, the legislation also contained funding to respond to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as any future cases in the United States.
Total known funding* for global health programs is $9.1 billion for FY2015, which is $353 million (4%) above the President’s request, but is essentially flat compared to FY2014.
In the September, President Obama requested $6.2 billion in emergency funding to respond to the Ebola epidemic. The FY2015 cromnibus provides $5.4 billion in funding: $2.5 billion to USAID and the State Department, $2.8 million to the Department of Health and Human Services, and $112 million to the Department of Defense. None of this funding will be counted towards overall budget caps.
A few of the key accounts (in millions):
|Global Health Programs (USAID and State)||$8,402||$8,371.5|
|Maternal and Child Health||$705.0||$715.0|
|of which Gavi||$175.0||$200.0|
|of which Polio||$51.0||$51.5|
|Family Planning (all accounts)||$559.0||$559.0|
|Neglected Tropical Diseases||$100.0||$100.0|
|Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria||$1,650.0||$1,350.0|
For more detailed information on global health accounts, please visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website.
* Some funding amounts are determined at the agency level and not set by Congress in the omnibus bill.