As well as the PEPFAR funding, the spending budget proposal would offer $300 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative and ongoing malaria programs worldwide . The spending budget proposal also calls for $3 billion for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a scheduled program meant to encourage economic and political reforms in developing countries, VOA News reports . Bush’s spending budget proposal comes weekly after the House voted 286-140 to approve a $463 billion spending resolution for FY 2007 which includes a $1.3 billion increase for PEPFAR. The resolution would bring the full total for PEPFAR to $4.5 billion and would allocate $724 million for the U.S.All rights reserved.
CMS issues MLR guidelines for Medicare plans In the news Also, Medicare beneficiaries are slated to receive a reduction in out-of-pocket drug costs. Bloomberg: Medicare Drug Costs To Be Reduced For Seniors, U.S. Says Elderly and disabled patients enrolled in Medicare will for the very first time receive an annual reduction in out-of-pocket costs for drugs, the government announced. The typical deductible for plans in Medicare's drug program, called Part D, will be $310 in 2014, about 4.6 % less than this full year, today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Providers said in a statement. Copayments also will be decreased for the program that started in 2006 .