The American Health Care Act (AHCA), is making big moves behind closed Senate doors. Republican Senators are looking to bring their version of the AHCA to the Senate floor before the July 4 break without public hearings or debate. The first page of the AHCA passed by the House repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) in FY2019. The FY2018 President’s budget contains additional cuts to programs funded by the PPHF. PPHF is 12% of CDC’s budget. These funds go to core public health programs, like immunizations, epi and lab capacity, and chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Your voice is needed now!
Eliminating core public health programs that are now funded by the PPHF without a clear plan for replacement would seriously undermine the ability of counties, cities, states and territories to protect and promote health. If the PPHF is repealed as part of the changes to the ACA, health departments could see significant cuts in funding in the next fiscal year (FY2019). Please call today and tell your Senators that a plan is needed to ensure CDC programs supported by the PPHF continue to receive funding. In addition, the AHCA would make steep cuts to Medicaid coverage. It is essential that Medicaid beneficiaries continue to receive insurance coverage as well as coverage of clinical preventive services. Your advocacy is needed! We hope that you will take action by writing and calling Senators Blunt and McCaskill. Please let us know how we can help support your efforts.