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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 / 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 / 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 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 / 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

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 14

Today’s News (7/14/17)         Yesterday, the House Appropriations Labor/HHS Subcommittee marked up its FY 2018 funding bill.  For a full summary from the subcommittee.  The cut to the Department of Health and Human Services is $542 million, far less than the amount proposed in the President’s budget. Under the bill, the CDC is funded at $7.001

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 15

Today’s News (6/15/17)             Take Action Thanks so much for the great individual and organizational response to today’s Thunderclap, with over 550 registrants reaching over 750,000 via social media. Today is also our Virtual Advocacy Day in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund and other important public health provisions threatened by

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 13

Today’s News (6/13/17)       Please note that there are quite a few impending deadlines in today’s Digest, as Senate action on the American Health Care Act is possible in the coming days and weeks and many groups are also focused on budget and appropriations threats.       Take Action Thanks so much 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 / June 6

Today’s News (6/6/17)        Reports and Materials With summer approaching, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “sharing resources and guidance for protecting pregnant women and families; preventing mosquito bites; and traveling safely.”       Take Action Two Friday deadlines: The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is circulating an organizational sign-on letter to

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 23

Today’s News (5/23/17)        Federal Action The Fiscal Year 2018 President’s budget is out, so lots to share: HHS Budget in Brief HHS Budget Budget of the U.S. Government Assorted OMB tables and fact sheets CDC Congressional Justification document HRSA Congressional Justification document TFAH visual on CDC highlights In response to the budget

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 16

Today’s News (2/16/17)       Take Action       The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Public Health Association are circulating a letter to the Administration expressing strong support for the federal public health and biomedical research workforces.  To sign on (by February 22nd).       Reports and Materials CityHealth, with support from the de

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 14

Today’s News (2/14/17)       Affordable Care Act Here’s an op ed in The Hill from TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Missing in the ACA Debate: Funding to Prevent Disease in the First Place. “If the ACA is repealed, the Prevention fund disappears and the CDC will lose 12 percent of its budget, most of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest

Today’s News (2/7/17)       Affordable Care Act Several new news postings in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund: Chicago Tribune – Vaccination Funding May be Cut if Obamacare Ends, Public Health Experts Warn. McclatchyDC – Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Could Devastate Public Health and CDC Funding. Richmond Times-Dispatch – {Virginia} Could Lose $20 Million in

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 2

Today’s News (2/2/17) Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day – According to the American Heart Association, “be sure to wear something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke.”       Take Action       Reminder – The American Academy of Pediatrics is circulating a sign-on letter to President Trump “to express unequivocal support for

‘2017 State of Public Health’ with CDC’s Tom Frieden

As he prepares to leave office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden shared with Public Health Newswire his hopes for the future of public health and the challenges that still lie ahead. Throughout his seven-and-a-half year tenure, Frieden has led CDC’s efforts to address a wide array of public health issues –

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Jan 10

Today’s News (1/10/17) A great colloquy on the Senate floor last evening in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) (will share links later this week). Senator Blumenthal has also proposed a budget amendment requiring a budget Point of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Jan 4

Today’s News (1/4/17) Thanks to those of you who have already signed the Prevention and Public Health Fund support letter to Congressional leadership. We already have over 300 organizations signed on. The deadline is close of business today. The Senate Budget Committee has introduced a budget resolution containing reconciliation instructions to authorizing committees enabling repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Dec 16

Today’s News (12/16/16) Please join us in signing a letter to Congressional leadership opposing repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a target as a part of the larger effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Over 175 organizations have already signed on! Barring a significant accompanying increase in the LHHS allocation, it would mean deep cuts

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Dec 13

Today’s News (12/13/16) Please join us in signing a letter to Congressional leadership opposing repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a target in January as a part of the larger effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As you probably know, the Fund currently provides 12 percent of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Dec 9

Today’s News (12/9/16) A ton to share today, may take a few reads! The 21st Century Cures Act has now passed both houses of Congress.  TFAH released a statement expressing disappointment that Congress will utilize the Prevention and Public Health Fund as an offset, limiting the nation’s ability to improve health and quality of life and prevent disease.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Dec 6

Today’s News (12/6/16) Thanks again to those joining us in sending letters to House and Senate leadership to express opposition to using the Prevention Fund as an offset for the Cures legislation, up for a Senate vote later this week.  Quite a few more were generated this week. Great quote from Vox — “Nearly half of the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Dec 1

Today’s News (12/1/16) Thanks to all the organizations continuing to produce letters opposing using $3.25 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund as partial funding the 21st Century Cures package.  Yesterday, the House of Representative passed the legislation by a vote of 392-26. From Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) – “This bill strips away funding from the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 29

Today’s News (11/29/16) As you have likely seen, the House of Representatives has released language for the combined 21st Century Cures/Cancer/Mental Health/Opioid/Family Services bill.  The House Rules Committee is meeting this afternoon, with the bill expected on the House floor this week. Senate timing is unclear, but CQ is reporting that the House will consider the bill as an amendment

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 22

Today’s News (11/22/16) Rest for the holiday, but be prepared for a number of upcoming threats to federal public health legislation, regulations and funding in the coming months.  One related document to share is from the Congressional Research Service: Major Obama Administration Rules Potentially Eligible to be Overturned under the Congressional Review Act in the 115th

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 18

Today’s News (11/18/16) Reminders: TFAH continues to keep the window open for signatures in support of the Vision for a Healthier America, signed by over 160 organizations. If your local, state or national organization has not yet signed on, still there’s time to do so. To sign on. See above for another Blueprint for a Healthier America graphic, part

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 10

Today’s News (11/10/16)              Reports and Related Materials A set of 14 policy briefs from TFAH’s Blueprint for a Healthier America are now posted on its website. They address issues including: Healthy Early Childhood, Achieving Health Equity, Healthy Students and Healthy Schools, Reversing Rising Death Rates among Middle-aged White Adults, Stopping Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistance