Tell Your Senators: Protect Prevention and Public Health Funding!

Critical Vote Scheduled as Early as Tuesday, September 14

We urge you to contact your Senators TODAY and tell them to oppose all attempts to use the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund) as an offset, including an amendment that is expected to be offered as early as Tuesday, September 14, by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act.

The creation this year of the Fund as part of the Affordable Care Act marked an historic investment Congress in much-needed preventive services, community level prevention and public health. The Fund is urgently needed to address the many emerging health threats our country faces and the persistent chronic disease rates, including behavioral health conditions, which we must begin to control.

But this critical funding is in jeopardy even before it has a chance to reach its goal of expanding and sustaining investment in prevention and public health programs.

Sen. Johanns’ amendment would use the Fund as an offset to the pending Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, which the Senate will consider tomorrow. If passed, the amendment would eliminate the Fund and mark a severe blow to efforts to transform our health system and promote healthier lives.

It is critical that you tell your Senator to protect this investment in public health and VOTE NO on JOHANNS AMENDMENT!

TAKE ACTION!

  • Contact your Senators—by calling the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask them to VOTE NO on the Johanns Amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act that would use the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund) as an offset and/or
  • Complete the “Email Your legislator” form by taking the following steps: 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a behavioral health advocate, I urge you to vote no on the Johanns Amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act that would use the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund) as an offset.

This funding is our only chance to begin to transform our country into one of healthy thriving communities. For too long, we have focused spending on treating people once they are sick rather than preventing illness in the first place. The Fund is urgently needed to address the many emerging health threats our country faces and the persistent chronic disease rates, including behavioral health conditions, which we must begin to control.

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Please vote no on the Johanns amendment and oppose any efforts to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund to pay for other programs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
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[Your Email]

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