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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/ 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 3

Today’s News (1/3/18)  Happy New Year, and welcome back to the office for many of you! As we kick off the first Digest of 2018, we have some updates you may not have seen over the holidays: The President signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law to keep the government open through January 19th. The CR extends

Using the Prevention Fund to help fund CHIP is a Huge Mistake

Last night, Congress cut $750 million from the Prevention Fund to provide very short-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Today, Prevention Institute joined other leading public health organizations in releasing the statement below. We are astounded by the hypocrisy of a Congress that just this week approved a tax bill that would add

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

Federal Tax Reform Bill That Will Hurt Health of Californians

Senate Expected to Vote On or Before Friday, December 15, 2017 MAKE YOUR VOICE FOR CALIFORNIAN’S HEALTH HEARD Contact your US Representative by calling their district or Washington DC office and letting staff know about your concerns and asking for their member’s vote against the tax reform and budget bills.  California has 14 GOP US

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 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 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

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

Urgent: Help Defeat ACA Repeal Vote in Senate on Tuesday

The Senate will be voting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 25) to decide whether or not to move forward with repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Repeal of the ACA will have significant adverse public health impacts including eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides important funding for the prevention of acute and chronic diseases.

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

McConnell Delays Senate’s August Recess to Work on GOP Health Care Bill

We just learned that Senate Leader McConnell has delayed the start of the August recess by two weeks in order to continue the work on passing the awful GOP health care bill: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/mcconnell-delays-august-recess-to-complete-work-on-health-care-bill-other-issues/2017/07/11/1d90e3d2-6647-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.117d240274b1 We do not yet know what the House will decide regarding their August recess, but we will keep you posted as soon

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