Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 1855: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011   [open pdf - 37KB]

"S. 1855 would amend the Public Health Service Act and the United States Code to authorize funding for certain activities carried out by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA) that would support the readiness of the public health system to address public health and medical emergencies. Based on information provided by HHS, VA, and other outside experts, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that implementing the bill would cost about $10 billion over the 2012-2017 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts. The Congress recently cleared the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, including funding totaling about $2 billion in the current year for activities similar to those that would be authorized by this bill. Therefore, the estimated net authorizations for S. 1855 reflect the additional amounts needed above the amounts provided in those 2012 appropriations. Enacting the bill also would decrease direct spending by $127 million over the 2012-2017 period and by $77 million over the 2012-2022 period; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues."

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