Source: Lab Advocate
On April 1, AACC and other members of the CDC Coalition sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, urging Congress to support providing a minimum of $11 billion in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the final fiscal year (FY) 2023 spending package. The agency directs our nation’s public health infrastructure, supports programs that translate research into improvements in the quality of patient care, and works to address issues ranging from the opioid crisis to global health security.
The agency has worked to address unprecedented challenges throughout the coronavirus pandemic, yet many of the agency’s programs remain underfunded. In a sign of support, 83 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives signed a letter sent to House Appropriations Committee leaders backing the coalition’s FY 2023 request for a topline program level funding of $11 billion. AACC will continue advocating for greater congressional investment in programs and agencies that support labs, healthcare providers, and the nation’s public health workforce.