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Analysis: Global Health Funding in the FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Act 

The FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Act contains $5.4 billion in emergency funding to address the Ebola crisis – a significant increase in total U.S. support for global health. Aside from the additional funding for Ebola, global health funding remained essentially flat at $9.2 billion, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation funding analysis.

Of the total emergency funding to respond to Ebola, which is outside the budget caps for discretionary spending, $3.7 billion is specifically for international efforts. The majority is provided to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), followed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department.  The largest share of the $1.7 billion in domestic funding for Ebola response is provided to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), followed by the CDC.

Within the largest global health account for ongoing global health programs (covering $8.2 billion of the total), most programs received approximately the same funding levels as they did in FY14. However, bilateral HIV funding increased by $300 million and the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria decreased by the same amount.

The full analysis is available on KFF.org.

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