The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which had been threatened with having its budget in fiscal 2016 completely zeroed out by the House, has been given a new lease on life in a House-Senate budget deal.

The final fiscal year 2016 omnibus bill provides AHRQ with $334 million in budget authority in FY16, down from $364 million in FY15—a cut of about 8 percent. However, it is a far cry from the heavy budget cuts and even termination the agency had been facing.

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