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SOPHE National: Advocacy Call to Action

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

From SOPHE National: 

 

 
Advocacy Call to Action

Contact your House Representative to support the FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C- July 16, 2020 - On Monday July 13 the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS)funding bill.This bill includes $196.5 billion in overall funding, an increase of $2.4 billion from the FY 2020 funding level and $20.8 billion above the president’s 2021 budget request.
Now is the time to urge your representative to support the funding bill as the House is scheduled to vote on the appropriations packages during the weeks of July 20 and 27.
This legislation includes $8 billion in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for FY 2021, $232 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $925 million above the president’s budget request. The Department of Health and Human Services is funded at $96.4 billion, an increase of $1.5 billion from the FY 2020 funding level. This bill also includes $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health , $7.2 billion for Health Resources and Services Administration, and $343 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Overall, SOPHE believes these funding increases are a step in the right direction, particularly for the following CDC programs. Specifically:
  • $240 million, an increase of $10 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, to address tobacco and e-cigarettes.
  • $67 million, an increase of $7 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, for the only federal program addressing the nation’s racial and ethnic health disparities,Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH), including $23 million, an increase of $2 million, for Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country.
  • $15 million, an increase of $5 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, for the health impacts of climate change; SOPHE's 2020 virtual Advocacy Summit Priority.
  • $10 million for a new effort focused on social determinants of health.
  • $25 million for firearm injury and mortality prevention research, an increase of $12.5 million above the FY 2020 enacted level.
Additionally, the bill includes investments in building the public health infrastructure including:
  • $56 million, an increase of $5 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, in public health workforce initiatives.
  • $700 million, an increase of $25 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, for public health emergency preparedness cooperative agreements.