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GOP health bill would cut CDC's $1B disease fighting fund
Published in 9-3-2017
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NEW YORK (AP) A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent problems like lead poisoning and hospital infections. The results "will be a major turning point" in how the nation promotes health and addresses health care needs, said John Auerbach, president of Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based public health research and advocacy organization. CDC officials declined to comment Thursday about the possibility of losing the fund. "[...] we know more about the final budget, we can't say how we'll be affected," said agency spokeswoman Kathy Harben. "The elimination of the fund would be devastating to state and local health departments," said Laura Hanen, chief of government affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Reference: www.chron.com