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Ebola puts spotlight on emergency-preparedness cuts

October 14, 2014
by Paul Demko
Modern Healthcare

“These are relatively easy pots of money for Congress to cut because they're like insurance benefits,” said Jack Herrmann, senior adviser for NACCHO's public health programs. “The longer you drive and you don't have an accident, the more frustrated you feel about funneling money out every month to pay for something you don't really use.”

But Richard Hamburg, deputy director of Trust for America's Health, and other supporters of the programs say the Ebola outbreak provides an opportunity to highlight the need for sustainable funding dedicated to preparing for health emergencies. “When the acute emergency passes, and it will at some point, that's when everyone needs to take a step back to figure out how do we work across party lines to make sure adequate funding is there,” Hamburg said. 

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