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February 10, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;114(6):492-493. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060038013

ALLOTMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES  The Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, with the approval of the Federal Security Administrator, has recently revised the regulations under which federal funds authorized by the Social Security Act for establishing and maintaining adequate public health services are to be distributed for the fiscal year 1940.1 Allotments amounting to 29.1 per cent of the available appropriations will be made to the several states in the ratio which the population of each state bears to the population of the United States as shown by the Census Bureau 1937 midyear population estimates. Allotments amounting to 41.8 per cent of available appropriations will be made to the several states on the basis of (1) the ratio which the mean annual number of deaths in each state from pneumonia, cancer and other infectious and parasitic diseases, except influenza and syphilis, bears