Congress avoided another federal government shutdown last week by passing the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which will keep most of the government funded and functioning through fiscal year 2015. The $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill included a multitude of spending provisions, several of which provide critical funding for key public health programs and agencies.

How will this new budget impact our nation’s health? Here are five highlights. The measure includes:

  • $5.4 billion in critical emergency funding to support ongoing international and domestic activities to address the Ebola outbreak in the United States and West Africa.
  • An increase of $37 million in funding over fiscal year enacted 2014 levels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support disease prevention and health promotion activities.
  • An increase of $48 million over fiscal year 2014 levels for the Health Resources and Services Administration to support a well-prepared workforce and the delivery of health services.
  • Full allocation of the $1 billion available from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. These funds support local, state and federal programs that fight obesity, curb tobacco use, improve access to preventive care services and respond to public health threats and outbreaks.
  • Elimination of the 5 percent price discounting of tobacco products currently in effect on military installations.

The full bill text can be found on the House of Representatives’ Committee on Rules website. To read brief summaries of notable parts of the bill, check out The Washington Post’s blog.