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Only 19 states reported increasing or maintaining their public health budgets, down from 26 last year.
TFAH rated 26 states and Washington, D.C., as 6 or lower on a 10-point scale.
The non-profit highlights policies that could save billions in avoidable healthcare costs, it says.
Highlights include funds for antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism preparedness, and a unified food safety agency.
TFAH says many states have a mediocre level of infectious-disease preparedness.
Public health groups are lining up to oppose 'piecemeal' efforts to fund federal agencies.
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