The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS-Ed) passed its FY 2013 spending bill that funds the majority of disability-related programs. The bill passed along a near party line vote of 8 to 6 on July 18. The Senate Appropriations committee passed its version of the bill last month. Again this year, the House subcommittee focused on reducing funding for implementation of the health care reform law. Specifically, the bill would rescind $1.6 billion for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and $15 million for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is charged with recommending steps to lower Medicare spending growth. Other targets included family planning services, the Department of Education’s Race to the Top program, and National Public Radio. As the bill provided for mostly top level numbers for federal agencies, obtaining funding amounts for most individual disability-related programs will not be available until the committee report is released. However, in its press release the subcommittee noted:
- Special Education grants to states are funded at $12.1 billion, a 4.3% increase over FY 2012.
- The bill includes $10.7 billion to administer Social Security Administration activities, which is $287 million below fiscal year 2012.