Sequester Health department

The impact from the sequester cuts might not impact services dramatically at the Mesa County Health Department in the short term, but since 68 percent of the department’s budget is federally sourced, it could have longer-term consequences.

“We’ve been doing a lot of things efficiency-wise in the past year, so we are in a position where we could sustain ourselves for a while by not filling currently vacant positions,” Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr said.

In the long run, if the predicted 9 percent cut across the board becomes a reality, it’s a different story.

“Most of our programs are really provided solely on the funds that we receive, so they would certainly need to be cut down accordingly,” Kuhr said, specifically mentioning family planning and biopreparedness programs that originate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“With all of those programs, those deliverables shift based on funds that are available to administer the program,” Kuhr said.


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