Funding Priorities

Take action to urge Congress to provide funding for public health infrastructure and workforce. Read letters NACCHO has sent advocating for COVID-19 funding for local health departments.

On May 15, CDC announced the agency will award $10.25 billion in funding to jurisdictions using funds from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 2020. These funds will be directed to states, localities, and territories to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities.

On May 12, House leadership released the Heroes Act, the next piece of COVID-19 relief legislation. NACCHO has prepared a summary of relevant public health provisions in the bill. The House passed the bill on May 15.

On April 23, CDC announced that using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, the agency is awarding $631 million to 64 jurisdictions through the existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases cooperative agreement.

On March 27, Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, a bill including $2 trillion for #COVID-19 response and to fund economic relief measures. NACCHO sent out a press release applauding the bill.

On March 6, the President signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 6074), an emergency supplemental funding bill providing $8.3 billion to address COVID-19. NACCHO sent out a press release applauding the bill.

  • On March 11, CDC announced an allocation of $560 million immediately for the 62 cities, states and territories that receive funding from the public health emergency preparedness program in addition to Houston, Philadelphia and the Cherokee nation.
  • On April 6, HHS announced an additional allocation of $186 million for state and local jurisdictions. A funding chart showing allocations from CDC is here.

On February 24, NACCHO and other public health partners sent a request to the Administration and Congress highlighting the activities already being undertaken by health departments as they activate to address COVID-19 and their funding needs going forward. On February 25, these needs were highlighted in a White House meeting with the leaders of NACCHO and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

The House has passed a bill to provide FY2021 funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill includes the following:
$8 billion in regular funding for CDC, about $232 million more than FY2020. An additional $9 billion in emergency supplemental funding would also be provided to the agency.

  • $700 million from regular appropriations and $2 billion in emergency funding for public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) grants, an increase of $25 million.
  • $50 million for public health data modernization at CDC and local and state health departments.
  • $67 million, an increase of $5 million, for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program (REACH), a program that gives grants to local health departments and community organizations to address racial and ethnic health disparities.
  • Emergency funding in the bill would also support an influenza vaccination campaign ($4 billion) and local and state laboratory capacity ($1 billion.)

On March 23, 2020, NACCHO submitted testimony on FY2021 appropriations to the House Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education Appropriations Subcommittee. On May 21, 2020, NACCHO submitted testimony on FY2021 appropriations to the Senate Labor, HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

In February 2020, the Administration released its FY2021 budget proposal. NACCHO's press release on the FY2021 President's budget proposal is here.

The Congress voted to pass a bill that was then signed by President Trump to provide FY2020 funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education. NACCHO's analysis of the FY2020 Appropriations bill can be found in our press release.

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