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ASTHO Urges Members of Congress Not to Cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Jun. 17, 2015

Today, ASTHO sent a letter to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to oppose a measure to rescind $8.85 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund). The proposed rescission would serve as a fiscal offset to pay for the cost of H.R. 1190, the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2015, a bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

In its first six years, the Prevention Fund has invested nearly $5.25 billion in resources to states, communities, tribal and community organizations in support of chronic disease prevention, public health infrastructure and critical flexibility to allow states to tailor programs to their unique challenges and health needs. These investments provide total or partial funding for critical public health programs, such as the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Section 317 Immunization Program, and the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity grant program. ASTHO urges members to oppose any measure that would repeal or reduce funding for the Prevention Fund.