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.

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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.

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