The President’s FY 2018 budget proposal would have serious negative consequences for our nation’s health and would likely lead to staggering increases in health care costs if these proposed cuts become law. The proposed budget would cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by more than $1.2 billion (17%) in FY 2018. The budget proposes major cuts to every area of the agency, including a nearly 20 percent cut to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and significant cuts to programs that protect the American people from infectious diseases, environmental contaminants, exposure to tobacco and other key areas. These would cripple CDC’s operations and result in increased illnesses, injuries and preventable deaths.
These facts sheets provide highlights for what this budget proposal might mean for the states. They do not reflect all of the possible budget cuts to states. Rather they are estimates for a limited number of the CDC lines items where there are sizable state grant awards. Funding decreases were estimated by applying the percentage cuts of programs by funding line item under the FY 2018 President’s budget proposal to FY 2016 grantee information; the most recent year data was available. The funding lines for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and tobacco control appear to be consolidated into the proposed $500 million America’s Health Block Grant, which we estimated would be a 17 percent cut for each of these programs.