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HHS budget would rise to $1.1 trillion and encourage states to expand Medicaid
Washington Post

Spending for the Department of Health and Human Services would increase to $1.1 trillion under a proposal that would add large mandatory expenditures for cancer research and fighting drug addictions while slightly decreasing the department’s discretionary programs.

The budget would modify the controversial “Cadillac tax” on expensive private health plans, so that it wouldn’t apply to some employers in states with especially high insurance prices. The tax, part of the Affordable Care Act, already has been postponed from 2018 to 2020.