Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 15

Today’s News (2/15/18) We are still waiting for the Congressional Justifications (CJs) to be released, which will have more detail on the President’s budget request. You may have already seen the CDC budget chart, and a two-page budget request overview is also now available.  Both can be found here, where the CJs will also be available once

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 / 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 / Mar 28

Friday was a good day for the nation’s health!  The Affordable Care Act survives, and with it the programs supported by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  Thanks so much to all of you for the work you did contacting your members of Congress, generating letters, op-eds, action alerts, phone calls, e-mails and success stories.  So

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 / Sept 9

Today’s News (9/9/16)     Every four years, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) releases a Blueprint for a Healthier America, which makes the case that improving health should be a top priority for the country.  The Blueprint will include recommendations for the next four years, as well as a series of mini-briefs with policy recommendations for priority public health issues. As part

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 7

Today’s News (9/7/16)     Back with a vengeance, post Labor Day!  Lots to report below.       Reports and Announcements Last week, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 13th annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.  The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 13

Today’s News (5/13/16) The Senate is nearing a deal to take action on a Zika emergency supplemental. It’s been reported that agreement is close on a $1.1 billion package. This funding will likely be added as an amendment to an upcoming appropriations bill, such as Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, although one amendment is expected to offset

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 15

Today’s News (3/15/16) On Friday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced $94 million in available funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico “to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.”  Also late

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 17

Today’s News (2/17/16)       Reports and Announcements Here’s a revised CDC overview fact sheet for Fiscal Year 2017.       Action Alert Deadline today – TFAH is seeking support for organizations to sign onto a letter in support of the President’s request for supplemental emergency appropriations to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus. Due to the urgency of the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Jan 5

Funding Opportunity Breaking News: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has announced a new $157 million funding opportunity, the Accountable Health Community Model, that acknowledges the social determinants framework for health and the need for partnerships to link what happens in the clinical setting with what happens in the community, strategies for which TFAH has long

Preventing fatal worker falls

New tailgate training and video materials about fatal worker falls are now available for OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, June 2-6, 2014. The materials, in both in English and Spanish, are produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. The Safety Stand-Down encourages employers to talk directly to