At a markup session last week, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted in favor of a draft fiscal 2016 budget for HHS that allocates $71.3 billion for the agency and includes $31.2 billion for the National Institutes of Health.
That same budget calls for the elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which provides research support regarding patientcentered outcomes. Critics of AHRQ say the agency duplicates research that can be done within other HHS entities. Supporters argue that AHRQ’s work is distinctly different, and contend that asking other agencies to do what AHRQ does would be counterproductive. The bill is scheduled for consideration during a full committee markup session June 24. If passed, the elimination of AHRQ would go into effect Oct. 1.