Welcome to the 317 Coalition! CDC estimates that vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2013 will prevent 322 million illnesses and help avoid 732,000 deaths. Still, approximately 43,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications.
The 317 Coalition advocates for increasing the federal funding for the National Center for Immunizatio and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly known as "Section 317" of the Public Health Service Act. Section 317 provides a safety net program of grants to states to immunize underserved populations, such as underinsured adults who have no other means to pay for vaccinations. Additionally, the 317 program serves as a backbone for the nation's public health infrastructure by monitoring coverage, targeting specific populations and helping providers and the public make informed decisions. Our updated issue brief outlines the priorities of the Program. Learn More.
Alert: The 2015 measles outbreak across the U.S. galvanized public attention for vaccination policies and the need for robust public health infrastructure. While this outbreak highlighted the importance of core immunization capacities, the FY 2017 budget proposal for CDC’s immunization program cuts core disease surveillance functions by $50 million.
Advocacy News: On June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bipartisan spending bill to fund the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education. The bill would restore the $50 million cut to the Section 317 Immunization Program that was proposed by the FY2017 President's Budget, and includes the cost estimate and report language. Read the report section here.
In addition to proposed report language from February of 2016, the 317 Coalition has mounted an aggressive campaign to support robust funding for the CDC immnization program. It works with Senate champions, led by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), to circulate a dear colleague letter that calls for the Coalition's requested funding level of $650 million in FY 2017.
Thank you to the eighteen senators who signed our Dear Colleague letter, especially Senator Reed for leading the effort. The letter, sent yearly to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee on Apropriations, advocates funding the 317 Program at $650 million.
The CDC Professional Budget Judgment for the Section 317 program was released in December of 2015. The CDC recommends $1.071 billion for the program to fully implement its program operations and vaccine purchase functions. The program is currently funded at $610 million. The prior year's estimate was $963.4 million for the overall program need.
During final budget negotiations at the end of 2015 for an FY 2016 funding package, the 317 Coalition weighed in with key policymakers in both chambers to advocate for an increase to $650 million for the Section 317 Immunization Program in the final FY16 appropriations package. The Coalition proposed report language in Feburary of 2016.