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Policy Corner: President's FY 2011 Budget Request Highlights Prevention and Wellness

The fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget that President Obama submitted to Congress on Feb. 1 provides significant increases for education, scientific research and development, and prevention and wellness programs. Highlighting the prioritization of these programs, the increases would be provided despite the White House instituting a three-year freeze in overall spending for non-security domestic discretionary programs projected to save $250 billion over the next decade. This budget request provides ACSM members with a unique opportunity to work with federal agency officials and administration leaders on many issues that are central to ACSM’s priority agenda.

The stated priorities in the President’s FY 2011 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its offices and agencies include:
  • Investing in scientific research and development;
  • Reinforcing the public health infrastructure to ensure preparedness;
  • Reducing health care fraud;
  • Supporting prevention and wellness programs; and
  • Improving quality and access to care.
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