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Health Programs Called ‘Crumbling’ Amid Measles Outbreak (1)

March 5, 2019, 10:30 AMUpdated: March 5, 2019, 6:51 PM

The worsening measles outbreak strains state budgets already hampered by cuts to prevention programs, the health secretary grappling with the worst pocket of the disease plans told lawmakers March 5.

“In terms of the prevention work, the public health system really is kind of crumbling,” John Wiesman, health secretary for Washington state, said in a March 4 interview ahead of the hearing.

Between shrinking state budgets and gaps in federal funding, Wiesman said he’s got a $225 million less for everyday services, and that doesn’t include the $1.2 million the state has spent combating measles.

Wiesman testified before the Senate...

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