Many Health Programs Face Sharp Automatic Cuts If Super Committee Deadlocks
October 16, 2011
by Marilyn Werber Serafini and Mary Agnes Carey
Washington Post & Kaiser Health News
Federal funding for medical research, disease prevention and a host of public health initiatives could be sharply reduced if the congressional super committee fails to agree on a deficit-reduction package, triggering automatic cuts.
Public attention has largely focused on possible cuts to the huge entitlement programs for seniors and the poor, Medicare and Medicaid, but health advocates are raising an alarm about many other smaller programs they say need to be protected.
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