President Obama released his $4 trillion fiscal year 2016 budget proposal Monday, and in it he outlined some ambitious health care initiatives to improve efficiency and eliminate waste. But buried a little bit deeper is a $50 million cut to one of the U.S.’s longstanding vaccine programs for the under- and un-insured.
The fiscal 2016 budget includes $561 million for the Health and Human Service’s 317 immunization program, a decrease from the current $611 million allotted to the initiative.
The defunding comes amid a severe measles outbreak that has officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worried about how it may spread. At least 102 people have been infected by the airborne disease, raising a renewed debate over mandatory vaccinations, as well as the importance of adult immunizations.