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Stephanie Pellitt

, National Council for Behavioral Health

House Panel Approves FY 19 Health Funding Levels

June 20, 2018 | Federal Budget | Comments
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Last Friday, the appropriations subcommittee that covers health care programs approved funding levels for federal health spending for FY 2019. Earlier this year, Congress set federal spending levels for FY 2019, boosting both defense and non-defense spending by a combined $300 billion. As currently written, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill would prioritize efforts to address the opioid crisis and increase medical research.

The legislation would set Health and Human Services’ (HHS) budget overall at $89.2 billion, or $2.4 billion more than was requested by President Trump in his budget proposal. To address the opioid addiction crisis, the bill contains funding increases for SAMHSA as well as the National Institutes of Health or NIH. The additional dollars would support efforts to expand opioid addiction treatment and research related to opioids and pain management.

Topline subcommittee funding levels include:


Program FY 2019 Funding FY 2019 vs FY 2018
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) $5.6 billion +$448 million
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Overall funding $38.3 billion +$1.3 billion
NIH: National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) $1.8 billion +$200 million
NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) $1.4 billion +$300 million
NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) $516 million +$33 million
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) $2.5 billion -$168 million
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) $7.6 billion -$663 million


This subcommittee vote is the first step in the long process of funding the federal government. This funding measure now heads to the full House Appropriations Committee for its consideration and approval next week. Currently, the Senate’s topline spending levels are $2 billion more than the House’s, meaning the spending levels in the bill are likely to change.