HHS awards $49M to state health agencies

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department announced $49 million in new grants to state and local health departments Monday.

The bulk of the money — roughly $36 million — came from the prevention and public health trust fund established by the healthcare reform law. Another $4 million came from general funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The grants will pay for enhanced lab systems and technology in all 50 states as well as a handful of large cities, HHS said. The money also will help states attempt to prevent hospital-acquired infections and bolster their immunization programs.