Affordable Care Act

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Mar 1

Today’s News (3/1/18) Transition:  When initiating the idea of a Wellness and Prevention in Health Reform e-newsletter nearly 10 years ago, I had no idea that it would evolve into such a broadly distributed public health resource, which I trust has been useful to you.  As many of you have heard, I’ll soon be transitioning

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 23

Today’s News (2/23/18) Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT) have released a new analysis finding disproportionally large increases in drug deaths among racial/ethnic minority groups, particularly among Black Americans, who experienced an increase of 39 percent in drug deaths between 2015 and 2016. Latinos saw drug death rates increase 24 percent, while the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 6

 Today’s News (2/6/18) The House Appropriations Committee has released text of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through March 23rd that would include funding for the Department of Defense along with a number of health provisions and extenders.  While the proposed House bill (Rules amendment to H.R. 1892) does restore partial funding to the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 1

Today’s News (2/1/18) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald has resigned. A Washington Post story provides details, and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a brief statement.  Dr. Anne Schuchat will serve as Acting Director, a role she has previously filled at CDC.       Reports and Announcements Today marks the beginning

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 25

Today’s News (1/25/18)  Yesterday, by a vote of 55-43, the Senate voted to confirm Alex Azar as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. The New York Times provided background information on Secretary Azar, as well as reactions from various Senators. The White House is expected to release the Fiscal Year 2019 budget no earlier

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 23

Today’s News (1/23/18)  The government shutdown is over, with a Continuing Resolution (through February 8th) signed into law.  The law funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for an additional six years. The Trump Administration is extending the emergency declaration for the opioid crisis, announced in a notice on the Department of Health and Human

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 19

Today’s News (1/19/18)  As previously reported, the latest continuing resolution would keep the government funded through February 16th and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years without any further cuts to the Prevention Fund. Unfortunately, it does not extend funding for other critical programs such as community health centers. Last night, the House

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 17

Today’s News (1/17/18)  Final opportunity – Trust for America’s Health is circulating an organizational sign-on letter expressing disappointment with the $750 million cut to the Prevention Fund included in the continuing resolution/temporary extenders package passed in December. The letter asks Congress to reject any additional cuts to the Prevention Fund and to replace the CDC funding that was

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 11

Today’s News (1/11/18)  It is being reported that internal Congressional Budget Office estimates show that passing at least a seven-year extension (versus the five-year extension being debated) of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) would net the federal government $6 billion in savings. Advocates in support of CHIP and the Prevention Fund are urged to join TFAH

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 20

Today’s News (12/20/17)  TFAH has released its latest report, Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism. The report found the country does not invest enough to maintain strong, basic core capabilities for health security readiness and, instead, is in a continued state of inefficiently reacting with federal emergency supplemental funding packages

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 14

Today’s News (12/14/17)  Last evening, House Appropriations Chairman Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced a new continuing resolution (CR), H.J. Res 124, that would fund the Department of Defense through fiscal year 2018 and remaining government agencies through January 19, 2018.  The legislation would provide five-year funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other measures, but unfortunately includes

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 7

Today’s News (12/7/17)  Reminder – tax bill letter: We have extended the deadline to COB today to join our updated letter to tax conferees expressing concern over the major health impacts, including repealing the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. With estimates forecasting a large deficit increase, this bill could imperil funding for other key public health and non-defense discretionary programs and

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 30

Today’s News (11/30/17)  The Senate Budget Committee has advanced its tax legislation, with the bill moving to the Senate floor, with the potential for a final vote on Friday. The legislation could have major health impacts by repealing the individual mandate penalty, which would increase the deficit and trigger cuts for mandatory programs such as

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 28

Today’s News (11/28/17)  A new Congressional Budget Office cost estimate report on the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act finds that the federal deficit would increase by $1.4 trillion over ten years.  In addition, eliminating the individual mandate would decrease the number of Americans with health insurance by four million over the next year and by 13

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 16

Today’s News (11/16/17)  As you may have heard, the tax proposal under consideration this week by the Senate Finance Committee contains a provision that would repeal the Affordable Care Act individual mandate to obtain and maintain health insurance coverage.  The most recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis concludes that enacting this provision into law would result

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 14

Today’s News (11/14/17)  There are four weeks left in the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period.  The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new analysis estimating the number of people who can get coverage for no cost this year – 4.5 million. An even larger number, 5.8 million, can find coverage for less than the cost

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 9

Today’s News (11/9/17)        The National Center for Healthy Housing is seeking organizational support for the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017.  The bi-partisan bill would provide the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the authority to require lead hazard risk assessments and control in federally assisted housing prior to occupancy

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest /Nov 7

Today’s News (11/7/17)        Last Friday, the House passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act by a vote of 242-174. We were, however, pleased by the strong vote in opposition.  For the full roll call vote. The final bill included $6.35 billion in cuts to the Prevention Fund, including a $400 million cut beginning in FY19.  Action

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 2

Today’s News (11/2/17)        Today, the House will likely begin consideration of the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT (H.R. 3922), which would slash billions from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund). A vote is expected tomorrow. The programs within this bill are vitally important, but should not be paid for by cutting other,

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 26

Today’s News (10/26/17)        Market stabilization update: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation released their estimate on the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act, finding that the legislation would reduce the deficit by $3.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period without substantially changing the number of people with health insurance coverage.  According to CBO,

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 11

Today’s News (10/11/17)        The CHAMPION Act (H.R. 3922), reported out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week, is not on this week’s House schedule, so timing remains in flux. The latest reports hold out hope for bi-partisan negotations on the legislation’s current funding offsets. In the meantime, please continue to contact

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 5

Today’s News (10/5/17)        Last evening, the House Energy & Commerce Committee completed marking up a slate of health bills, including the CHAMPION Act, which includes a $6.35 billion cut (FY19-FY26) to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. While the measure moved forward under a party line vote, several panel members expressed strong support for

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 28

Today’s News (9/28/17) As you all have likely heard by now, the Graham-Cassidy Amendment to the American Health Care Act was not brought to a vote this week, lacking sufficient support for passage. Politico provides a good breakdown.  Thanks for all your support, including those organizations sending letters opposing the legislation. Current budget reconciliation instructions expire this Saturday, so any

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 26

Today’s News (9/26/17)        With yesterday’s announcement by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) that she would not support the Graham-Cassidy bill, prospects for its passage became even more unlikely. It is possible the Senate could still vote to put everyone on record, so please keep calling until the Saturday deadline! And clearly, this remains a rapidly changing environment, so

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 19

Today’s News (9/19/17)        Take Action The Senate Majority continues to work to pass ACA repeal legislation introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), which would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restructure and cut Medicaid, and weaken or eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 14

Today’s News (9/14/17)        Take Action Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced legislation that “repeals the structure and architecture of Obamacare and replaces it with a block grant given annually to states to help individuals pay for health care.” A Section-by-Section Analysis is also available.  The Center on Budget and

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 12

Today’s News (9/12/17)  The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will continue its series of hearings focusing on stabilizing the health insurance markets with a hearing today at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Flexibility. For a witness list and livestream video. The Senate Finance Committee is

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 6

Today’s News (9/6/17)        Reports and Announcements Late last month, the National Academy for State Health Policy released a Directory of State Community Health Worker Models Across the Country.  “As states transform their health systems, many are using Community Health Workers(CHWs) to facilitate care coordination, enhance access to community-based services, and address social determinants of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 30

Today’s News (8/30/17)  TFAH staff sends our thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the ongoing tragedy of Hurricane Harvey. FEMA has posted emergency phone numbers and other resources here.       Reports and Announcements Today, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts,

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 15

Today’s News (8/15/17)            Reports and Announcements The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University is in the process of creating a report to highlight wellness and nutrition initiatives and programs, and plans to “share this report with people, communities, businesses, and legislators with the hope that these