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US budget bill restores some funding for public health

January 16, 2014
by Bob Roos
CIDRAP

"Overall, funding levels under the omnibus 2014 bill are in many cases back to fiscal year 2012 levels," said Richard Hamburg, MPA, deputy director of the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit advocacy group.

"I think we're certainly in a better place than at the end of fiscal 2013 [Sep 30, 2013]. However, levels of funding for many programs are still significantly below the high-water mark, generally found in fiscal year 2010."

For example, he said the CDC's overall prevention programs were funded at $6.866 billion in FY 2012. This dropped to $6.29 billion with the sequestration cuts in FY 2013, but the 2014 bill raises it to $6.849 billion, an increase of about $560 million.

Hamburg said the bill provides $1.323 billion in overall preparedness and response funds for the CDC, which is about $90 million more than in 2013. That includes $640 million for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program of grants to states and major cities, an increase from $608 million in 2013, he reported.

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