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Prevention Fund News

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 30, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

Much of this news comes from Trust for America's Health and is very worthy of a quick read. Hopefully, we will see a strong reversal of fortunes for the Prevention Fund. First, during House debate on the Interest Rate Reduction Act, Prevention Fund supporters made a series of strong floor statements. While H.R. 4628 ultimately passed 215-195, the Senate is expected to move its version of the student loan legislation, without using the Prevention Fund to pay-for the student loan provisions, when it returns from a week-long recess.

The President released a strong Statement of Administration Policy.  "Unfortunately, rather than finding common ground on a way to pay for this critical policy, H.R. 4628 includes an attempt to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, created to help prevent disease, detect it early, and manage conditions before they become severe. Women, in particular, will benefit from this Prevention Fund, which would provide for hundreds of thousands of screenings for breast and cervical cancer. This is a politically-motivated proposal and not the serious response that the problem facing America's college students deserves. If the President is presented with H.R. 4628, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” Other positive statements include:

  • A dear colleague from Rep. Rosa Delauro (D-CT) --. "Authorized in the Affordable Care Act, the PPH Fund is a mandatory fund to augment existing investments in prevention and public health programs to improve health and control the health care cost rate of growth. The fund is the first mandatory funding mechanism dedicated to improving public health.”
  • A floor statement by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) – "Why would we – and not only, to make matters worse, not only are they suggesting that we take the money from the prevention fund, the immunization and screening for breast cancer, and cervical cancer, and other women's health issues, not only are they saying we should take the five or six billion dollars from there, they're saying we should take the additional $5 billion that would be left in the account and repeal it – repeal it."
  • A House Democratic Whip notice -- "The Prevention and Public Health Fund assists state and community efforts to prevent illness and promote health, so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives. Last year, funding went to 61 communities and states, benefitting 120 million people. Nearly 800 public health, prevention and other health and wellness advocates strongly oppose repeal of this fund. Repealing this funding erodes a key component of the ACA that is making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.”

Please step up your efforts to keep your Congressional members informed of your state and community health efforts. Now, of all times, is not the time to be quiet.

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