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Kansas Could Lose More than $40 Million to Fight Health Epidemics over Five Years if the ACA and Prevention and Public Health Fund are Repealed

Washington, D.C., January 17, 2017 -- The state of Kansas would lose at least $45,329,065 to counter health crises over the next 5 years if the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were repealed, according to an analysis by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stands to lose 12 percent of its annual budget.

In total, states would end up losing more than $3 billion over the next five years - from grants and programs supported by the Prevention Fund.

"CDC is the world's leading public health authority and the front line against major threats to the health and well-being of the American people-such as disease outbreaks, prescription drug misuse and diabetes," said John Auerbach, President and CEO of TFAH. "Losing the Prevention Fund would result in diminished support for public health in every state, undermining their ability to fight epidemics and keep people safe. The costs of these vital public health efforts will either be passed along to states or the efforts will be eliminated-resulting in more people becoming sick and higher healthcare costs."

The $890 million gap in CDC's annual funding created by eliminating the Prevention Fund could not be filled under current laws without drawing funds away from other Department of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services programs. Among activities supported directly by the Prevention Fund are grants to states for infectious disease control, resources through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and other core public health programs which, if cut, would increase illness, injuries and preventable deaths.

If the Prevention Fund is eliminated, the impact will be felt at the local, state and federal levels as public health organizations respond to several major health crises that are on the rise, such as:

  • Health Security Funds for Disease Outbreaks, Disasters and Bioterrorism: With the exception of the one-time-only funding for Ebola and Zika, Kansas's core funding for preparedness and response to health emergencies have been cut by more than one-third in the past decade, with the state now only receiving $6,355,765 per year for these protections. CDC has responded to more than 750 health emergencies in the past two years. Infectious diseases cost the country more than $120 billion per year, and that cost grows exponentially when major new diseases strike.
  • Prescription Painkiller and Heroin Use: Deaths from opioids grew by 34.1 percent in Kansas in the past 10 years. Nationally, more than 2 million Americans misuse prescription drugs, and nearly a half million are addicted to heroin, costing the country more than $55 billion a year in healthcare, workplace and criminal justice spending. CDC plays a critical role by providing support to states and healthcare providers to monitor and control the inappropriate prescribing of opioids.
  • Obesity and Diabetes: 34.2 percent of adults in Kansas are obese and 14.2 percent of children are overweight or obese. Nationally this contributes to more than $200 billion in direct health costs. One in three children could develop diabetes in their lifetime, and one in four are not healthy enough to serve in the military by the ages of 17 to 24.
  • Declining Life Expectancy: Life expectancy in the United States has declined for the first time in two decades. While death rates are higher among Blacks and other people of color, death rates have increased the fastest (nationally, by 10 percent since 1999) among middle-aged White men and women (ages 45 to 54), whose death rates have increased by 22 percent in Kansas since 1999. Increasing death rates among middle-aged Whites are the highest in West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas.
Kansas: At-Risk for Immediate Losses
Use of CDC Prevention Funds in the State Annually

Annual Prevention Fund Grants to States (based on FY 2016)

$9,065,813

Vaccines to Needy Children and Adults (based on FY 2015)

$360,405

Core State-Health Needs (identified by state department of health) (based on FY 2015)

$1,426,049

Infectious Disease Prevention and Healthcare-Associated Infections (based on FY 2015)

$744,798

Chronic Disease Prevention including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and tobacco cessation (based on FY 2016)

$3,976,401

Amounts each state stands to lose over the next 5 years if the Prevention Fund was repealed (based on fiscal year 2016 grants to state) include:

Map of US states, color coded by potential PPHF loss
State Potential Five Year PPHF Loss, Based on FY 2016 Funding

Alabama

$44,867,115

Alaska

$22,312,985

Arizona

$46,840,075

Arkansas

$29,599,945

California

$307,768,530

Colorado

$44,671,845

Connecticut

$36,728,860

Delaware

$12,462,820

District of Columbia

$51,533,080

Florida

$101,864,250

Georgia

$100,421,755

Hawaii

$40,025,880

Idaho

$22,428,585

Illinois

$93,084,850

Indiana

$41,381,450

Iowa

$35,630,210

Kansas

$45,329,065

Kentucky

$40,687,570

Louisiana

$45,111,030

Maine

$27,588,000

Maryland

$84,876,045

Massachusetts

$88,112,505

Michigan

$110,739,075

Minnesota

$80,759,870

Mississippi

$31,276,855

Missouri

$53,853,865

Montana

$24,831,145

Nebraska

$47,957,625

Nevada

$19,174,580

New Hampshire

$24,967,020

New Jersey

$60,558,365

New Mexico

$43,257,135

New York

$207,587,230

North Carolina

$85,917,320

North Dakota

$14,975,550

Ohio

$114,951,125

Oklahoma

$46,585,755

Oregon

$46,462,400

Pennsylvania

$111,991,355

Rhode Island

$40,238,960

South Carolina

$56,576,525

South Dakota

$18,732,825

Tennessee

$67,537,910

Texas

$147,214,850

Utah

$49,396,510

Vermont

$14,637,565

Virginia

$77,104,520

Washington

$70,060,890

West Virginia

$22,669,320

Wisconsin

$64,120,145

Wyoming

$11,024,970

Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.www.healthyamericans.org