12/15/2017 10:00 AM EST
State, local public health officials sound alarms over House spending bill. The bill would slash the ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund, which represents about 12 percent of the CDC's budget, by $6.35 billon over eight years.
That's sparked a furious response from the nation's largest public health groups — the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Big Cities Health Coalition — who warn that immunization programs, anti-smoking campaigns and other key public efforts will be sacrificed.
“You are just trading off one part of the health safety net for another and it will cost you more in the end by disinvesting in programs that prevent people from getting sick in the first place,” NACCHO Interim Executive Director Laura Hanen said in a statement.