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Clarification- From a $5 Billion to $6.25 Billion Setback in the Prevention Fund

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 24, 2012
Our colleagues at Trust for America’s Health tell us that the size of the cut, while it was scored by the Congressional Budget Office at just over a $5 billion savings over 10 years, the actual cut will be $6.25 billion of the $18.75 billion that would have been appropriated between FY13 and FY22.  The Fund will be maintained at its current $1 billion level for five years, followed by two years at $1.25 billion, two more at $1.5 billion and the final year of the cycle at $2 billion.  In subsequent years, it will remain at $2 billion.  Second, while the President’s FY13 budget had already provided its suggested allocations for what was expected to be $1.25 billion in available funding, the ball is already in Congress’ court to figure out how to spend what will now be $1 billion for FY13.

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What will $5 Billion Buy?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On Friday, February 17th, the House and Senate approved and sent to the President the Conference Report for the Payroll Tax legislation.  The Bill included a temporary fix to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule preventing a pending 27% cut in payment rates to physicians under Medicare for 10 months.  Unfortunately, much of the "pay for” came at the sacrifice of the Prevention and Public Health Fund – at a whopping $5 billion!  While use of the Prevention Fund in this manner is short-sighted at best and is an inappropriate use of funds, this action only maintains the unworkable Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula for 10 months at the expense of investing in prevention and wellness initiatives that greatly contribute to reducing long-term health care costs.  This temporary fix comes with no incentives to promote real savings in the Medicare program by moving from the current fragmented Fee for Service (FFS) environment to care delivery models which incentivize better health outcomes through more coordinated care. DHPE recommends that Congress focus on ensuring that the Prevention Fund is used for evidence-based prevention and care coordination programs;  programs that have proven to demonstrate significant savings in the private sector time and again.  Manipulating the fund as seed capital to fund and scale programs that will bring long-term savings to the Medicare program, like Community Health Teams and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program would provide Americans a far much better return on their tax dollars.  Members please make your voice heard.

All of us had great hope that the Prevention and Public Health Fund, established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would provide an investment of $15 billion over its first 10 years in American communities to prevent disease, save lives, and reduce long-term health costs.

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NASPE's SPEAK Out! Day

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Come Share your Influential Voice

Help educate members of Congress on the importance of quality physical education and physical activity during NASPE's SPEAK Out! Day on March 28-29th. Make your voice heard during this important election year.

Build new relationships and network with passionate professionals from around the country. This is a great opportunity to receive basic advocacy training and learn how to effectively communicate your message to legislators. You will have an impact at a national level and leave feeling empowered to make a difference in your state!

In preparation for SPEAK Out! Day, NASPE is holding a free advocacy 101 webinar on March 8th at 3 PM EST. During the webinar, we will conduct the SPEAK Out! Day lottery and select an individual who will receive discounted hotel rates for all members in their state! The more people who register to attend SPEAK Out! Day from your state, the better your chances!

The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA will be released in early March. The report will provide a current picture of physical education in the American education system and will be a powerful tool to use on Capitol Hill.

Register by February 29th to become a NASPE advocacy ambassador!

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Prevention Fund Cuts

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Special Alert email that came in from the Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest regarding cuts to the Prevention Fund

Please note that the correct amount is $5 billion, NOT, million as noted in the linked document.

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FY 2012 CDC Operating Plan

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 10, 2012
FY 2012 CDC Operating Plan.  Yesterday, ASTHO got a copy of CDC’s operating plan they sent to Congress on 2/7/12.  Final FY 2012 numbers include the 0.189% rescission applied to all LHHS appropriations and 0.16% for ATSDR (from Interior bill). The 2012 enacted numbers also include the $20 million CDC contract and administrative cost savings reduction applied to PPAs and a $1.4 million transfer to HRSA (this is to pay for ADAP and RWCA Part C from the December announcement).  What is NOT included are final PPH Fund allocations.  We understand that those are still under review. DO NOT DISTRIBUTE.

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Alert: Save Biking and Walking

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On Thursday, February 2, the House Transportation Committee will vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking. Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to support physical activity in your community. Visit America Bikes for an easy way to send a letter.

This long-awaited multi-year transportation bill would eliminate the two largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructure—Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Without these programs, communities all over the country will lose resources to build the sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that make biking and walking safe and accessible in communities across the country.

Please help -- and ask friends, colleagues, and members to act too.

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CDC announces allocation of PHHS Block Grant funds for FY 2012

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

As you are aware, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, on December 23, 2011, which included funding for the PHHS Block Grant for the remainder of fiscal year 2012. CDC is in the process of allocating funds across the agency. In the interim, we have developed a draft allocation table for fiscal year 2012, and will begin accepting applications for fiscal year 2012 funding on January 20, 2012. Note, the allocation table is in draft form and may be revised at a later date. Also, please be advised that this year's allocation table has incorporated new data from the 2010 Census. As you are aware, the Sex Offense allocation is population based so the Sex Offense funding may have increased or decreased from last year depending upon your state/territory's new census data.

The BGMIS system will be opened for submissions on January 20, 2012. The application deadline to receive 1st and 2nd quarter funding is February 17, 2012. As in the past, if states do not submit an application by the second quarter deadline, there will be opportunities to submit in the 3rd and 4th quarters. I have attached the FY12 draft allocation table and this fiscal year's quarterly application deadline schedule. The draft allocation table can also be found inside the BGMIS system.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Aubrey Williams, Acting Team Lead, (akwilliams@cdc.gov or 770.488.5941) or contact your assigned Project Officer.

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