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"For America’s health security, Congress must continue to support the Prevention and Public Health Fund."

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, wrote an op-ed published Apr. 19 by The Hill about the effectiveness of federal prevention programs that plan for the public health, safety and security of communities.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We can put America first by preventing public health disasters

By Dr. Jonathan Fielding

With the recent revelation that Sen. Rand Paul — “TrumpCare’s” hardest critic — felt, after a round of golf with the president, that his wing of the Republican Party is edging closer to a deal on dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s important to take a look at what the nation’s medicine will lose if the effort remains alive and the wrong deal is struck.

The Department of Health and Human Service’s Prevention and Public Health Fund supports prevention programs managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that keep people and communities healthy, safe, and secure. It was created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will likely be eliminated by the next version of the Republican repeal and replace bill. It now accounts for significant 12 percent of CDC budget.

The fund was slated for elimination by the Republican bill, and if actually cut, the programs it supports would be subject to the uncertainty of the annual appropriations process, putting every American at risk of losing its essential benefits.

Read the full op-ed from The Hill