Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 3678, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act   [open pdf - 25KB]

From the Summary: "S. 3678 would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the primary federal agency for coordinating the response to public health and medical emergencies. The bill would authorize funding for certain activities that would support the readiness of the public health system to address those emergencies. It also would authorize funding for information technology and for grants to encourage individuals to work in needed public health areas. Other provisions of the bill would reauthorize a program to improve the capacity of medical facilities responding to public health emergencies and would authorize new funding for expanding and training the public health workforce. It also would require the Secretary of HHS to evaluate how federal assets could aid in supporting surge capacity and authorize the Secretary to waive certain hospital requirements when developing pandemic flu plans. CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that implementing S. 3678 would cost $297 million in 2007 and about $6 billion over the 2007-2011 period, assuming the appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or receipts."

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