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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 30

Today’s News (1/30/18)        Reports and Announcements The National Partnership for Women and Families has released a 50 state analysis that “reveals a growing need for national paid family and medical leave.” The report highlights consequences for families when individuals “are not able to hold paying jobs while providing and receiving critical care.” According

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 9

Today’s News (1/9/18)  This afternoon, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST), please join New Year’s Resolutions for Public Health: Reflecting Back on 2017 and Moving Forward in 2018,  a Dialogue4Health web forum co-hosted by American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health. It will be a panel discussion of national public

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 / 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 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 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 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 / 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 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 / 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 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 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 31

Today’s News (5/31/17)  Today is World No Tobacco Day, and this year’s theme is “A Threat to Development.” The World Health Organization aims to “demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens, and will propose measures that governments and the public

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 18

Federal Action Several recent group letters completed: TFAH sent this sign-on letter with more than 520 signatories to the Senate in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  Thanks to all of the organizations that signed on. If you are able, please circulate this letter through your networks and continue to reach out to your Senators about

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 / 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 / Feb 22

Today’s News (2/22/17)       Affordable Care Act Here is the Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resources document released last week by the House of Representatives’ (majority) leadership. Thought you’d be interested in a a few new ACA-related postings in the following publications: STAT, Vaccine Programs are Threatened by Exemptions, ACA Repeal, by John Auerbach,

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 / Jan 18

Today’s News (1/18/17)       Affordable Care Act Trust for America’s Health has released a special analysis (including state by state fact sheets) finding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would lose 12 percent of its annual budget if the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were repealed.

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)