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Health care agency passes $1 trillion milestone
San Francisco Chronicle

President Barack Obama’s budget pushes Health and Human Services spending over $1 trillion for the first time, reflecting an aging population adding to the Medicare rolls, as well as expanded coverage for younger people through the new health law. Released Tuesday, the HHS budget for the 2015 fiscal year calls for just over $1 trillion, which budget officials said is a new milestone for the department. HHS runs Medicare, Medicaid and the insurance expansion in Obama’s health overhaul law, which together provide coverage for about 1 in 3 Americans.