In the face of ongoing agitation against the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the Senate Appropriations Committee took a bold stand this week--passing a measure that ensures full funding in the next fiscal year for this critical investment. While we appreciate having such prevention champions in Congress, the fact of the matter is that prevention is still under attack.
Though the fate of Affordable Care Act rests in the hands of the Supreme Court justices, we cannot afford to let our nation move backwards in our efforts to create a reformed and sustainable approach to health. We can and we must continue our efforts to educate our legislators on the value and impact of community prevention efforts.
This week, our Congressional allies have spoken out in support of the Fund--recognizing that the Fund is a vital investment that cannot be compromised.
- The Hill's "Senate Democrats beat back attempts to defund healthcare law" afforded Sen. Tom Harkin an opportunity to debunk familiar rhetoric against the Fund: "When they say it a slush fund... it is impossible... we know where the money goes."
- The Des Moines Register reports in "Student loan rate debate intensifies as deadline draws near," on the continued impasse over the extension of student loan interest rates. Responding to calls to cut the Fund to pay for the extension, Rep. Leonard Boswell refuses to jeopardize our single national investment in advancing prevention and wellness: "I'm open to considering future proposals, but robbing Peter to pay Paul isn't going to cut it."
What you can do
- Get inspired: visit Communities Taking Action, our updated and improved online database capturing over 100 prevention and equity efforts underway in communities across the country.
- Explore Prevention Institute's Messaging and Framing Tools.
- Leverage the newly released National Prevention Council Action Plan.
- Pen an op-ed to share your community's prevention successes with your representatives and the media.
- Visit our Health Reform Advocacy page for the latest developments.
- Have a successful example of community prevention in action? Please share it with us so we can include it in our talking points.
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