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Ohio ranks low in federal health aid

March 10, 2009
by Jack Torry
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

WASHINGTON -- A key federal health agency provides Ohio with fewer dollars per capita than any other state except Indiana, according to a report released today by a major nonprofit health organization in Washington.

The report shows that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides Ohio with just $12.76 per person in the 2008 federal spending year that ended in October compared with $52.78 per person in Alaska, which led the list. Overall, the CDC funneled $146.5 million last year to Ohio, compared with $36 million for Alaska.

The analysis, conducted by the Trust for America's Health, shows the share of CDC money flowing to Ohio has dropped in the past year. A similar report by the same organization showed that Ohio residents received just $15.08 per person in 2007.

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