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Supported by more than 180 public health groups, the Public Health Funding Restoration Act would fund the development & expansion of vital public health programs.

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced introduction of bicameral legislation to authorize and appropriate $2 billion in the federal budget to fully restore the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the PPHF supports vaccination programs, chronic disease prevention programs, and health education programs. Under the health care law, funding for the PPHF was supposed to increase over time and reach $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2015. However, the PPFH has never reached the $2 billion funding level. Restoration of the PPHF would allow core public health programs to expand and support the development of new, innovative programs to respond to unique public health threats that continue to arise. Companion legislation was also introduced by Democrats in the House of Representatives.

The bill is also endorsed by more than 180 public health groups, including Trust for America’s Health, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, March of Dimes, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Council on Aging, Nemours Children’s Health System, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.