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White House proposes major funding cuts for federal health programs

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its budget request for fiscal 2020 with proposals that include cutting HHS funding by 12% to $87.1 billion and slashing Medicaid spending by almost $1.5 trillion from 2020 to 2029 by repealing the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion program and converting overall funding to state block grants. The administration also proposes to reduce Medicare spending by $845 billion over the next decade, with most of the reductions to come from changing payments to providers and hospitals and limiting fraud and wasteful billing.

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