District Policy Group Senior Vice President and Washington, D.C. Government Relations Director Jeremy Scott was quoted in a Washington Examiner article that discusses the financial implications the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will face if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.
Specifically, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a special public health fund set up under the ACA to patch over cuts to the CDC, could be erased if Congress decides to repeal much of the law. The CDC currently relies on the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund to finance 12 percent of its programs.
Jeremy shares, "I think Republicans would probably be fine getting rid of it, but it's making sure they understand that is 12 percent of CDC's programmatic budget right now.”
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) and Prevent Blindness, both District Policy Group clients, also shared how advocates for illnesses that receive smaller portions of CDC funding are fearful they will be cut first if the prevention fund goes by the wayside. OCRFA’s Chad Ramsey states, "We think it’s incredibly important, but it’s the smaller programs like this that could face the chopping block.” In addition, Jeff Todd from Prevent Blindness explains, “If this prevention fund should go away, it could very easily result in the complete elimination of funding for vision problems altogether at the CDC.”