HHS Gives States $40 Million For Chronic Disease Management

HHS has announced the “availability of approximately $40 million to strengthen and better coordinate activities within state and territorial health departments aimed at preventing chronic diseases and promoting health.” The money, made available through the Affordable Care Act, will target “the nation’s five leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.” Given that 70 percent of all health care costs can be attributed to treating chronic conditions, investing in their management and prevention means that the $40 million is a down payment on future savings.