11/21/2017 - The Academy, along with 60 other organizations, signed a letter expressing concern about proposed tax code changes that would reduce resources for vital government services, including public health. The letter was sent to U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives leadership.
Included in the letter were objections to the possible repeal of the individual mandate, which requires individuals to obtain and maintain adequate health insurance coverage. The letter also states proposed changes to the tax code would “severely restrict the nation’s ability to properly fund CDC and other public health agencies at a level the evidence demonstrates is needed to protect Americans from emerging infectious diseases, unpredictable natural disasters, the mounting opioid epidemic, and the costly burden of preventable chronic disease.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office the current proposals would result in complete elimination of the Social Services Block Grant and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which both fund critical nutrition services.
The House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Job Creation Act of 2017 on November 16, and the Senate is planning to vote on separate tax reform legislation after the Thanksgiving holiday.