Appropriations

FY2010 Appropriations

The president’s FY 2010 budget proposal, released in May, calls for increased funding for select rural health programs.  It includes more than $55 million in grant funding for rural health care services outreach, network and quality improvement; more than $9 million for services provided by state offices of rural health; and $8 million in telehealth grants for use in telecommunications technologies. 

The AHA is urging is urging lawmakers to approve an FY 2010 Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill that provides adequate funding for rural health care programs.  The table below compares FY 2008 and 2009 funding levels for key rural programs and services with the president’s proposal and the Senate committee’s levels.

FY 2010 APPROPRIATIONS SELECT RURAL PROGRAMS (in millions)

FY 2008 FUNDING LEVEL

FY 2009 OMNIBUS BILL

FY 2010 PRESIDENT’S BUDGET

Telehealth

$7.0

$7.55

$8.0

Rural Health Outreach Grants

$48.0

$53.90

$55.45

Rural Health Policy Dev.

$9.0

$9.7

$9.7

Rural Hospital FLEX grants

$38.0

$39.2

$39.2

State Offices of Rural Health

$8.0

$9.2

$9.45

Delta Health Initiative

$25.0

$26.0

$0

DenaliCommission

$39.0

$19.6

$0

National Health Service Corps

$123.0

$134.97

$169.0

Nurse Loan Repayment & Scholarship

$31.0

$37.13

$125.0

 

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