From SOPHE National
House Energy & Commerce Committee bill threatens health programs
CHAMPION Act cuts the Prevention Fund and weakens the American health care system
October 10, 2017
Later this week the House is expected to vote on the Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017 (CHAMPION Act). While the CHAMPION Act reauthorizes and extends funding for certain public health programs and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that SOPHE supports, it does so by cutting funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
The CHAMPION Act proposes a $6.35 billion cut from FY2019 to FY2026. The consequences of rescinding 57 percent of the Prevention Fund would be devastating and leave the United States stunted in key prevention efforts such as vaccines, tobacco cessation initiatives, and necessary programs to confront the current opioid epidemic.
While SOPHE supports extended funding for CHIP and other health care safety net programs we remain opposed to any legislation that would jeopardize funding for critical public health programs focused on prevention.
SOPHE encourages members to take action now against this legislation that offsets the Prevention Fund with dollars to other important health care safety net programs. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or take action via SOPHE's Action Center to send an email to members of Congress and urge them to vote "no."
Preserve the Prevention Fund by using these talking points:
As a constituent and member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), I oppose the CHAMPION Act in its current form and any legislation that would rescind funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
I expect our Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to make the American health care system stronger, including strengthening programs focused on prevention funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
The Prevention and Public Health Fund is America's mandatory funding stream that invests in keeping Americans healthy and preventing costly chronic conditions.
Contact: Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA | 202.408.9804 | firstname.lastname@example.org