News Scan for Apr 19, 2016: TFAH says US public health spending still below pre-recession levels

April 19, 2016

"Federal funding for public health has remained relatively level for years," says the report by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), based in Washington, DC.

For example, funding for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, which supports state and local preparedness, is $651 million for fiscal year (FY) 2016, TFAH says, compared with $643 million in FY 2015. The program peaked at $940 million in FY 2002. The Hospital Preparedness Program is funded at $255 million this year, the same as last year.

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