CHEAC Opposes Cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund
This week, CHEAC signed onto a Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) letter to Congressional leaders expressing disappointment in and opposition to the recent $750 million cut to the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Recall, the cut was made as part of the December short-term government funding measure and was used to offset temporary funding authorizations for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers. The $750 million cuts will occur between FY 2019 and FY 2022. It is unclear what impact the PPHF cuts will have on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PPHF provides approximately 12 percent of the CDC’s annual budget.
CHEAC recognizes the importance of the reauthorization of CHIP and community health centers, which provide affordable health care coverage and comprehensive health services to millions of Californians. However, using the PPHF as a funding source without a clear plan for replacement seriously undermines the ability of counties to protect and promote the health of our communities.