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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) Update!

Thursday, February 8, 2018  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

As we go to print, the Trust for America’s Health has provided updated information on the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), an important vehicle for Congressional funding of the CDC (including Office on Smoking and Health). Thanks to TFAH for this update!

(February 8th) Senate leadership announced the framework of a deal late yesterday afternoon that would , among other things: extend continuing resolution funding for fiscal year 2018 until late March, make two-year overall increases in both defense and non-defense discretionary spending, raise the debt ceiling, extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and enhanced funding for community health centers.  It also includes funding increases for the National Institutes of Health and the opioid epidemic. 

After reviewing final legislative language this morning, it appears the deal also would result in a net $1.35 billion in cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  This includes small increases in the short-term - a $100 million cut scheduled for FY 2019 is gone - combined with larger cuts over the next several years. We have prepared this chart to help illustrate the differences between both the House and Senate proposals under current law.

While it is disappointing that pubic health is bearing the brunt of the health cuts, we are relieved that the base has been protected and the proposed long-term cuts were mitigated in the Senate version.  We know are Senate allies worked hard to reduce those cuts as much as they could.  Public health advocates will have to continue to educate Congress on why a strong investment in public health is a critical part of the health continuum - and how prevention differs from treatment. 

With the support of both Senate leaders, the deal is expected to pass the Senate later today and be sent to the House where passage is likely but less certain.  Congress must pass legislation by midnight tonight to avoid a shutdown.  We will continue to update you as the details of both the substance and process.

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