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President Obama Releases FY 2010 Budget Outline and Names Gov. Kathleen Sebelius As HHS Secretary Nominee

Washington, DC [March 4, 2009] -- President Barack Obama has released his $3.6 trillion budget outline for FY 2010, which includes multi-billion dollar increases in funding for healthcare and medical research within the Department of Health and Human Services.  The President’s budget proposal provides more than $78.7 billion for 2010 in support of HHS’ mission, a decrease of roughly $1.4 billion from 2009. 

Highlights of the proposed HHS budget include:

  • Funding for the adoption of health information technologies and utilization of electronic health records, supplemented by more than $19 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the next two years.
  • $6 billion for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  These programs will focus on developing innovative diagnostics, treatments and cures for cancer and will build upon the $10 billion provided in the ARRA to support NIH research in 2009 and 2010.
  • $330 million to increase the number of doctors, nurses and dentists practicing in underserved areas.
  • Invests over $1 billion for FDA food safety efforts to improve inspections, surveillance, laboratory capacity and food borne illness response.
  • Expands research into medical comparative effectiveness.  This is supplemented by more than $1 billion in the ARRA for comparative effectiveness research.
  • Invests $211 million in HHS research into screening, public awareness, support services and research into autism.

The Presidents proposed budget also establishes a reserve fund of more than $630 billion over 10 years to finance reform of the health care system.  The reserve will be funded half by new revenue and half by savings proposals to reduce waste, promote efficiency and improve accountability with the goal of putting the nation on a path to health insurance coverage for all Americans.

The House of Representatives has received the President’s FY 2010 budget outline with delivery of a full budget proposal expected sometime in early April.


In addition, President Obama has nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services following former Senator Tom Daschle’s failed nomination.  The Senate is expected to schedule Gov. Sebelius for confirmation hearings in the coming few weeks.

Gov. Sebelius was first elected to her post in 2003 and was re-elected to a second term in 2006.  She has been a tireless champion of health care while governor, supporting a number of initiatives to provide better treatment and outcomes for the many rural communities in the state.  In addition, Gov. Sebelius has proposed providing health insurance for every uninsured child in Kansas from birth to age five in order to give them a healthy start at life.

Lung Cancer Alliance congratulates Gov. Sebelius on her nomination and looks forward to working with the Secretary Designee and HHS to improve outcomes for those touched by lung cancer. 

To learn more about the President's FY 2010 Budget Outline, please visit