Earlier this week, we reached out to you about immediate advocacy that is needed for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization, that will be debated and likely voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow. Please make your calls to your members of Congress ASAP!
We are reaching back out again because we recently learned of another bill, the Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017 (CHAMPION Act), that will also be debated and likely voted on tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives. We're asking you to take action again to stop proposed dangerous cuts within the CHAMPION Act!
Although the CHAMPION Act will extend funding for the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF), the bill cuts funding to the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) to pay for the CHAMPION Act. Once again, the proposal robs Peter to pay Paul.
The PPHF supports public health infrastructure including immunizations, breastfeeding promotion and support, Zika prevention, and many other critical programs to prevent the spread of life-threatening disease. PPHF funds make up 53% of the funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization program, which significantly supports the national immunization infrastructure. Without the PPHF funds, we would see cuts to local health departments that cripple their ability to respond to disease outbreaks and other public health threats.
While EverThrive Illinois strongly supports the immediate extension of funding for the CHCF, we are opposed to cuts to the PPHF as a way to pay for this funding extension. We cannot afford to compromise the health of children, families, and communities.