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Defense Health Program facing $1.8B budget shortfall for 2021

April 21, 2021

The Defense Department’s health program is running a significant deficit halfway into the 2021 fiscal year, and efforts are underway in the Pentagon to make up for the shortfall.

Dr. Terry Adirim, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told members of Congress on Tuesday that the Defense Health Program (DHP) is suffering from $673 million in COVID-19-related expenses. That number is expected to grow to more than $1.8 billion.

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