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Groups Vie For A Piece Of Health Law's $15 Billion Prevention Fund

May 7, 2010
by Julie Appleby
Kaiser Health News

If you had $15 billion to spend on preventing disease in the U.S., where do you think it would do the most good? Fighting obesity? Smoking? Maybe encouraging exercise? There's a sharp divide on the answer to the question of how to spend a prevention fund over the next 10 years.

Some nonprofit groups want the bulk of the money to prevent specific diseases. Public health officials want to bolster agencies whose work targets a broad range of the causes of death and disability. Others advocate using the fund to transform communities to make it easier to exercise and buy fresh produce.

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