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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 24

Today’s News (10/24/17)        No movement yet on the Champions Act, which would cut the Prevention Fund by more than $6 billion. It is not on the House calendar this week, which instead is preparing to take up a Senate-passed FY19 budget resolution.  Please continue to generate letters of opposition, and also utilize this breakdown of how much funding

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 / Oct 3

Today’s News (10/3/17)        TFAH sends its thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas last evening. For those in the Las Vegas area who would like to help, information on blood donation is available. From Prevention Institute –  “The violence that haunts our society is not only all too

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 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 / 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 / August 17

Today’s News (8/17/17)            Reports and Announcements Trust for America’s Health has released an updated version of Special Analysis: How Healthy Is Your Congressional District? The report is a one-year (not longitudinal) snapshot of seven preventive health measures for each Congressional District and for each state and the District of Columbia. It uses

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

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 8

Today’s News (8/8/17)      Thirteen U.S. Senators wrote to the Food and Drug Administration expressing concern over its 2016 tobacco product ‘deeming rule.’  “There is no reason for the Agency to delay oversight of newly-regulated tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and cigars that contain kid-appealing flavors and are actively marketed to children.”      

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 2

Today’s News (8/2/17)      As you are aware, last week the Senate shut down debate on the health care reconciliation package after a final attempt to pass a so-called “skinny repeal bill” failed by a 49-51 vote, with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joining all Democrats in opposition.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 27

Today’s News (7/27/17)      As you know, Senate debate on the American Health Care Act has proceeded this week.  After voting to move forward with debate on Tuesday, the Senate voted down two competing alternative measures, including modified versions of both the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, both of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 25

Today’s News (7/25/17)         Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that the Senate is still scheduled to hold a vote today to consider some version of the budget reconciliation package, which would repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  As you know, all the bills we have seen so

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 19

Today’s News (7/19/17)         A big day yesterday, as efforts to move the Senate health care legislation have again failed. Thank you to our public health partners for continuing to hold the line during this current legislative session (and in prior ones, of course).  Your time and energy has been well served! The

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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 27

Today’s News (6/27/17)         The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the Better Care Reconciliation Actis now out. “The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 23

Today’s News (6/23/17)         As you know, the Senate health care legislation was finally released to the public Thursday morning.  It is believed that like the House bill (which would cause 23 million Americans to lose coverage), this bill will result in a greater number of uninsured people due to deep cuts to

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 21

Today’s News (6/21/17)         Rumors abound about the timing of Senate consideration of health care legislation.  The American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health have released a statement urging Congress to protect healthcare access and prevention funding.       Take Action Several call to action related to

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 9

Today’s News (6/9/17)             Take Action Following House passage of the American Health Care Act and news that the Senate may soon take up similar legislation, we urge individuals and organizations to join Trust for America’s Health and our partner organizations on Thursday, June 15th for a Virtual Advocacy Day in support of the Prevention

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 16

Today’s News (5/16/17)        Federal Action On final chance to join Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on a sign-on letter to the Senate in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In light of passage of the American Health Care Act in the House, TFAH is planning to send virtually the same letter previously

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 9

Federal Action As you know, the House of Representatives voted this past Thursday, 217-213, to approve the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  It now moves on to the Senate for consideration.  It has been widely reported that 13 Senators are working on an alternative health

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 4

Federal Action It appears that the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Affordable Health Care Act today.  If you haven’t already, we urge you to contact your Members of Congress (202-224-3121) to vote no on the Upton/Long amendment, the MacArthur amendment and the underlying American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which would

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 1

Federal Action From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a summary of the impact upon persons with pre-existing conditions under the current MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act. Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that, “USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, as his first official act as Secretary, signed a proclamation that delays

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 28

Federal Action By now, you have likely seen the most recent amendment (thanks Politico) to the American Health Care Act, offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur, which would allow states to waive preexisting conditions and essential benefits. The bill would also still eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund and could result in the loss of health insurance

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 25

Upcoming Events On Wednesday, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT), TFAH and Healthy Schools Campaign are co-hosting a webinar under the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative to discuss the components of a comprehensive school behavioral health system and highlight two examples from Colorado and California where schools or school districts are implementing innovative models to provide

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 21

Reports and Materials STAT published an op-ed by TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Prevention Efforts Can Ward Off Many Chronic and Expensive Condition: So Why Aren’t We Investing in Them?  “It’s a pretty simple equation: Continued budget cuts equal a decrease in the ability of public health organizations to protect and improve the nation’s health.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 18

Reports and Materials The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its CDC Grant Funding Profiles site last month with fiscal year (FY) 2016 data and profiles. “The profiles provide quick access to information about CDC funding provided to health departments, universities, and other public and private agencies in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 12

Today’s News (4/12/17)              Reports and Materials Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: A State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017, which found that core funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined by around $580 million federally and has remained flat

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 7

Today’s News (4/7/17)              Reports and Materials A new research brief has been published by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University which “examines the benefits of social emotional development in elementary schools and provides guidance on how schools can support students’ development.”       Federal Update According to