Health Groups Eye Federal Funds for Preventive Care
Health care groups have written HHS seeking a portion of the $15 billion in federal funding available for preventive medicine. A recent survey found that 85% of health departments have reduced their services since July 2008, usually because of state budget shortfalls. HHS this year will distribute $500 million, although the agency has not outlined its process. About $2 billion annually will be distributed in 2015 and beyond.
- "Groups Vie for $15 Billion in Prevention Money" (Appleby, Kaiser Health News, 5/7).