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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Mar 6

Today’s News (3/6/18) The Coalition for Health Fund is hosting the CHF Hill Day today, and you can participate virtually even if you’re not in Washington. Check out their social media toolkit which includes sample posts, Twitter handles for each of the Hill offices volunteers are visiting, a sample graphic, and a link to the updated one-pager on

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 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 5

Today’s News (12/5/17)  This past weekend, the Senate passed its tax reform bill 51-49 along a mostly party line vote. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was the only Senator to break ranks. The bill now moves to conference with the House, with some conferees already named yesterday. The legislation would have major health impacts, including repealing the individual mandate portion

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 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 / 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 17

Today’s News (10/17/17)        The President is expected to formally declare the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency next week, following his stated intent to do so back in August. At the same time, some controversy has emerged over his nomination to run the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Further consideration of the CHAMPION Act in

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 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

New CDPH Analysis of Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma

Dear colleague, Please share the August 2017 edition of the California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch e-newsletter: http://bit.ly/OHWFragrance Subject:  Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma Fragranced products are used in many California workplaces and have been associated with over 300 cases of work-related asthma. A new analysis of fragrances and work-related asthma found that perfume was the ninth

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,

Parks and Public Health Measures Linked to Public Health Goals

The National Park Service (NPS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to identify eight measures that can be used to link parks and trails to public health goals. “Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures” (http://go.nps.gov/improving_public_health) report and talking points are the result. Please share the report and

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 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 / 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 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 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 / 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 / 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