APTR has joined over 500 organizations urging President Trump to protect the Prevention and P
ublic Health Fund which the Affordable Care Act (ACA,P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) authorizes. The Prevention Fund was established by the ACA to supplement appropriations for prevention and public health activities under the Public Health Service Act.
The community sign-on letter states that “repealing the Prevention Fund without a corresponding increase in the allocation for the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS) appropriations bill would leave a funding gap for essential public health programs, and could also foretell deep cuts for other critical programs funded in the bill.” The letter also highlights the fact that the Prevention Fund is more than 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget and that “eliminating the Prevention Fund would be disastrous to the CDC budget and programs, and to the LHHS bill as a whole, leaving a nearly $1 billion budget hole which would be impossible to fill under current discretionary spending caps.”The actions by the House to repeal and replace the ACA would eliminate the Prevention Fund starting in 2019.