The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials says they are “deeply disappointed” by the $5 billion cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was made in order to partially pay for extending unemployment benefits and fixing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate.

“While we recognize the importance of these policies, unless we control the costs of health care through proven public health prevention programs, which result in a healthier and more productive work force, we will not lessen the burden of health care costs on our nation’s economy,” the association says.

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