Today’s Spotlight: Pentagon Health Spending
Posted at 9:10 a.m. on July 17
Health care policy mavens are likely to congregate at a House hearing this morning on medical technology innovation. However, Congress is in the middle of the annual appropriations bill season and the Senate Appropriations Committee will be marking up a bill with a large health care component — the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.
The measure is not a typical spotlight item for health policy issues, but the military’s system — which provides care to personnel and families — is the fastest growing segment of Defense Department spending. Additionally, the Pentagon engages in a range of medical research projects.
The measure is an example of the wide scope of federal health care spending, which is included in many different annual spending bills. Here is a quick rundown of health some elements in the various spending bills:
- Labor-HHS-Education: Provides funding for the bulk of the Department of Health and Human Services and the administration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs
- Agriculture-FDA: USDA food safety programs and FDA drug and device supervision
- Defense: military health programs and medical research
- Military Construction-VA: Veterans’ health care programs and facilities
- State-Foreign Operations: International health care assistance funding
- Interior-Environment: Indian Health Service
- Homeland Security: Emergency medical response programs
- Commerce-Justice: Law enforcement of health programs, recently tied to relaxing enforcement of state marijuana laws
- Financial Services: IRS funding for health care overhaul coverage mandate enforcement, plus Treasury Department marijuana vendor banking rules and District of Columbia health programs.
- Transportation-HUD: In past, has included housing mortgage assistance programs that include hospitals and health care facilities.