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Report: Ind. last in CDC disease prevention money

March 12, 2009
by KEN KUSMER
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -  Indiana ranks dead last among states in getting federal funds to prevent disease and injuries, leaving it more vulnerable to higher health care costs at a time when the recession has cut state revenues, a report warns.

Indiana collected just $12.74 per person last year from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for programs to inhibit disease and prevention programs, the nonprofit Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said in the report released Tuesday.

Indiana's share was less than three-quarters of the national average of $17.60. The average for Midwestern states was $17.69. Northeastern states received $22.49 and Western states received $23.94 per person from the CDC.

"It's no wonder our health care costs are so high because our priorities are upside down," Jeff Levi, executive director of the trust, a nonpartisan advocacy group, said in a teleconference with reporters.

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