What Children Face from the Federal Budget

Journal Article

What Children Face from the Federal Budget

Abstract

The declining children’s share of the federal budget raises concerns about children’s health and well-being. Currently 10 percent of the federal budget, spending on children is projected to decline relative to the size of our economy and total federal spending over the next decade. Excluding health care, fewer real dollars will be spent on children in 2025 than in 2011. This JAMA Viewpoint addresses the following: What types of federal spending on children are shrinking? Why is health spending for children expected to grow? Why is the kids’ share of the budget declining? And how are children affected by these budget cuts?

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