The just-released House Republicans’ payroll tax plan aims to increase doctors’ Medicare reimbursement by dramatically cutting the Prevention and Public Health Fund–by more than two-thirds. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 recently introduced in the House of Representatives includes a 68% cut in the fund. In FY 2010, the fund provided $500 million to state and community initiatives focused on preventing tobacco use, obesity, heart disease and cancer, as well as increasing immunizations and providing training to providers to help drive local prevention and health initiatives. The FY 2011 budget would increase the fund to $750 million. The investment is expected to reach $16 billion over 10 years.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a staunch advocate for health promotion, expressed concerns about the short-sidedness of cutting the Prevention and Public Health fund. Article
Take Action: You can take action to make your concerns on this topic known to your members of Congress. Visit the Prevention Institute website for easy links to send a letter, sign on to their letter or to call your representative.