Public health funding slashed in Senate's proposed ACA repeal bill

June 25, 2017
by Steven Ross Johnson
Modern Healthcare

Senate Republicans' bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act deals a heavy blow to public health efforts by eliminating key funding created by the landmark healthcare reform bill.The Better Care Reconciliation Act revealed Thursday proposed eliminating the ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund in 2018, which makes up 12%, or nearly $900 million, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's budget. "If the Better Care Reconciliation Act becomes law, the American people will be sicker and poorer," said John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America's Health, in a statement. 

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