In July, HHS awarded $352 million for hospital preparedness. The department, though, attracted some criticism for cutting public health preparedness and response capability funding by $102.3 million, or 11%, to $824.4 million as part of the spending plan for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the current government fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
Of the 50 states, four metropolitan areas, and eight U.S. territories and Pacific island areas to get funding in this latest award, the single entity receiving the most money was California, which got $41 million, while Los Angeles County was awarded another $20 million. New York State and New York City each will receive $19 million and Texas was awarded more than $37 million. Illinois was awarded close to $17 million and Chicago $10 million.
Separately, HHS awarded $49 million in grants to strengthen state, local and territorial health departments’ capacity to perform epidemiology and laboratory work, detect and prevent healthcare-associated infections and support immunization programs. The funding is double the spending for the same programs in 2010, according to an HHS news release.