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Friday, June 24, 2011

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Moore: Consider health grant application without support from Walker

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Friday asking her to consider a Community Transformation Grant application from her district without the required letter of support from the state.

“Despite the fact that no state matching funds are required, Governor Walker’s administration has indicated that it will not support such grant applications,” Moore wrote. “The residents of the City of Milwaukee, with its severe health disparities and high burden of chronic disease, would benefit greatly from such a program.”

Community Transformation Grants, authorized under the federal health care reform law, provide funding to local governments, organizations and tribes to support preventative health care activities.

Moore said that the lack of support from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services fits a pattern of the state “returning or jeopardizing federal funding” and urged the CDC not only to consider her district’s application, but to reconsider the requirement of demonstrated state support altogether.

- By Ellen Anevicius


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