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Prevention Institute joined with the American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute, Society of Public Health Education, and Trust for America’s Health to issue an urgent call to the U.S. Senate to protect prevention and public health. Our joint statement is below.

The Senate is expected to soon vote on a ‘skinny’ repeal bill that would target key components of the Affordable Care Act – including potentially eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund. 

This short-sighted move would cause long-term damage to our nation’s health. If the Prevention and Public Health Fund is eliminated, the pain of these cuts will be felt across the country, reverberating in every state and community. Over the next five years alone, states stand to lose over $3 billion in funding they rely on to prevent chronic disease, halt the spread of infections and epidemics, and invest in the community resources that support health and equity. It would cut the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 12 percent. 

In the lives of individuals and communities, strong public health infrastructure makes the difference between health and illness, safety and injury, life and death. Slashing public health and prevention funding would increase preventable suffering and death, make the poorest and sickest communities fall even further behind, and leave our country far less prepared for and capable of responding to public health emergencies. The undersigned groups find this vision of the future unacceptable, and stand for prevention and public health.

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Take action today!

Every senator needs to hear from his or her constituents TODAY. Tell your senators to vote against any cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and that you strongly oppose any future proposals that eliminate investments in prevention and public health and cut healthcare coverage, access, and services. 

If just three Republican senators vote against ‘skinny repeal' and any other version of healthcare bill, those bills will fail. Below you’ll find the names of senators who’ve expressed reservations about earlier versions of the Senate healthcare bill. If your senator is on this list, he or she needs to hear from you NOW: 

Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), the only Republicans to vote  against yesterday’s motion to proceed. They need your support to continue to stand up to their party on healthcare.

Senator Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)

Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona)

Senator Cory Gardner (Colorado)

Senator Dean Heller (Nevada)

Senator John McCain (Arizona)

Senator Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)

Senator Jerry Moran (Kansas)

Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) 

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