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Wednesday
Dec082010

U.S. Prevention Fund Ducks Trouble  

Earlier this week, there were rumors circulating that lawmakers in the Senate were considering taking funds from the $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund (established by the health care reform bill) and reallocating them to Medicare reimbursements for doctors. However, lawmakers have appeared to agree to pay for the reimbursements through other sources after experiencing significant opposition to dipping into the prevention funds.

A similar proposal, which IHRSA strongly opposed, was made back in September, which would have slashed prevention funds to cover losses from eliminating certain tax filing requirements. The Senate ultimately voted down the measure.

The Fund, which is designated for the promotion of physical activity, tobacco cessation, vaccine programs and cancer screenings, has been called a “slush fund for jungle gyms,” by one unsupportive Senate aide, according to Politico. It is possible that lawmakers will return to the Prevention Fund to finance other expenditures during the upcoming session, though it is almost guaranteed that they will be met again with strong opposition.