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FY2021 Budget Request for the Military Health System

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Technical Report

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Congressional Research Service Washington United States

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On February 10, 2020, President Donald Trump submitted his Fiscal Year FY 2021 budget request to Congress. The Department of Defense DOD budget request totals 705.4 billion, including 50.8 billion 7.2 to fund the Military Health System MHS. DOD refers to this latter portion of the DOD budget request as the unified medical budget UMB. The MHS delivers certain health entitlements under Chapter 55 of Title 10, U.S. Code, to military personnel, retirees, and their families. The MHS provides health care to approximately 9.6 million beneficiaries in DOD hospitals and clinicsknown as military treatment facilities MTFsand through civilian health care providers participating in TRICARE. Congress traditionally appropriates mandatory and discretionary funding for the MHS in several accounts within the annual defense appropriations bill. These include the Defense Health Program DHP, Military Personnel MILPERS, and Military Construction MILCON. Funding is typically appropriated to both DODs base and overseas contingency operations OCO budgets.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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