Health Affairs Policy Brief on the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Feb 27, 2012, 4:30 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looks at the Prevention and Public Health Fund created under the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The fund was originally authorized to spend $15 billion over its first ten years, but will be cut by a third under an agreement between the White House and Congress to finance an extension of payroll tax cuts and to forestall Medicare payment cuts for physicians. Some members of Congress think the Fund should be eliminated.

The new brief looks at:

  • The rationale for creation of the fund
  • How monies from the fund have been spent by federal, state, and local agencies
  • What's next for the fund

Read more about the Prevention and Public Health Fund in the policy brief here.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.