In particular, the groups urged lawmakers' continued support for the establishment of “a dedicated funding mechanism” for prevention and public health.
Both the House and Senate reform bills include mandatory funding for prevention and public health, according to the letter. Specifically, the Senate-passed bill provides a combined $25 billion for a prevention and public health fund and community health center fund, and the House-passed bill includes a total of $33.9 billion for a public health investment fund.
“We strongly support inclusion of no less than the House-passed amount in the final bill. We also urge you to ensure that the final bill provides sustained investments of guaranteed funds for prevention and public health. Further, the bill should ensure that new funding will supplement, not supplant, our current investment in prevention and public health,” the letter stated.
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