Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: President's FY2015 Budget [May 15, 2014] [open pdf - 584KB]
"Federal law requires the President to submit an annual budget to Congress no later than the first Monday in February. The budget informs Congress of the President's overall federal fiscal policy based on proposed spending levels, revenues, and deficit (or surplus) levels. The budget request lays out the President's relative priorities for federal programs, such as how much should be spent on defense, education, health, and other federal programs. The President's budget may also include legislative proposals for spending and tax policy changes. While the President is not required to propose legislative changes for those parts of the budget that are governed by permanent law (i.e., mandatory spending), such changes are generally included in the budget. President Obama submitted his FY2015 budget to Congress on March 4, 2014. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the division of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that is responsible for administering Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the private health insurance programs. CMS is the largest purchaser of health care in the United States, with expenditures from CMS programs accounting for roughly one-third of the nation's health expenditures. In FY2015, it is estimated that more than one in three Americans will be provided coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. CMS is also responsible for administering the private health insurance programs established in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111- 148 as amended)."
CRS Report for Congress, R43446