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Medicare Targeted for Cuts Under HHS Budget
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The 2013 budget proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services reflects familiar ideas presented by President Obama to the debt reduction committee: fully fund the Affordable Care Act, reduce Medicare and Medicaid costs, and cut provider reimbursements.

Overall HHS spending is proposed to increase by about 8% from $871.9 billion to $940.9 billion. Only 8% of the HHS budget represents discretionary spending that can be shifted around, increased or eliminated. The 122-page HHS budget proposes increasing that spending by $0.3 billion to $76.4 billion.

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