The ACA anniversary falls just days after Congress passed a six-month budget extension to avoid a government shutdown. Unfortunately, lawmakers left the devastating cuts imposed by sequestration mostly intact -- and the calls have already begun to strip funding from ACA in the next budget. Now more than ever, Congress needs to hear how prevention aligns with our national values -- especially the value of fiscal responsibility.The Prevention Institute has made it easy for you to send a letter directly to your legislators and voice your support for continued investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Key Talking Points:
If we're serious about fiscal responsibility, we need to invest in prevention. Every dollar we invest in prevention generates five dollars in savings down the road. Investments in comprehensive prevention bend the cost curve and stem the rising tide of expenditures on preventable chronic diseases.
True health reform means providing access to affordable, high-quality care and creating environments that keep people healthy and safe. To shift our country from a focus on sick care to a system that advances health and wellness, we must increase access and improve care while ensuring that our communities and workplaces environments keep us healthy in the first place.
Investing in prevention is an investment in everyone's future. Health inequities put low-income communities and communities of color most at risk. The Prevention and Public Health Fund brings prevention to underserved communities to help foster health, not disease. Without these meaningful investments in prevention, we'll all be left behind.
Cutting funds for public health and prevention takes away the opportunity for millions of Americans to lead healthy lives. ACA's prevention measures have supported communities across the county to change their environments as they create safe, walkable streets, promote access to healthy food, support local worksite wellness, and safeguard tobacco-free air -- exactly the changes that can improve our country's health.