Florida lags behind other states in CDC funding
April 18, 2008
by Tiffany Beck
Orlando Business Journal
Florida -- the fourth most populous state in the U.S. -- ranks No. 48 in the amount of federal money it gets for disease prevention, despite the fact that it has a high rate of disease. And that could haunt business owners in the form of higher health care costs, say industry experts.
Alaska ranked No. 1, with a whopping $69.76 in funding per person from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, the Sunshine State got a measly $14.06 per person, or $256.6 million, falling below the national disease prevention funding average of $17.23 per person.
Only Indiana, at $13.69 per person, and Kansas, at $13.61 per person, ranked below Florida.
Trust for America's Health
, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on disease prevention, released the study April 2.
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