Florida lags behind other states in CDC funding

April 18, 2008
by Tiffany Beck
Orlando Business Journal

Florida -- the fourth most populous state in the U.S. -- ranks No. 48 in the amount of federal money it gets for disease prevention, despite the fact that it has a high rate of disease. And that could haunt business owners in the form of higher health care costs, say industry experts. Alaska ranked No. 1, with a whopping $69.76 in funding per person from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the Sunshine State got a measly $14.06 per person, or $256.6 million, falling below the national disease prevention funding average of $17.23 per person. Only Indiana, at $13.69 per person, and Kansas, at $13.61 per person, ranked below Florida. Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on disease prevention, released the study April 2.

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