Origins FTD, along with over 500 other organizations, have signed a group letter to the President of the United States warning of the dire consequences of repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund (the Prevention Fund), authorized under the Affordable Care Act.
Prevention Fund investments provide over 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget. Repealing the Prevention Fund would be disastrous to the CDC budget and programs, leaving a nearly $1 billion budget hole which would be impossible to fill under current discretionary spending caps.
Public health spending is still below pre-recession levels and has remained flat. The CDC’s budget authority has actually decreased by 11.4 percent since FY 2010. The Prevention Fund has helped to make up the difference.
Funding prevention not only saves lives but it saves money. A comprehensive study of evidence-based prevention programs found that every dollar invested yields $5.60 in savings.