Obesity / Nutrition

Wellness and Prevention Digest Special Edition – State of Obesity 2018

Special Edition: State of Obesity 2018 Seven U.S. states are experiencing adult obesity rates at or over 35 percent, according to new data reported in State of Obesity 2018: Better Policies for a Healthier America, released today by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report contains 40 recommendations for action

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/ Mar 1

Today’s News (3/1/18) Transition:  When initiating the idea of a Wellness and Prevention in Health Reform e-newsletter nearly 10 years ago, I had no idea that it would evolve into such a broadly distributed public health resource, which I trust has been useful to you.  As many of you have heard, I’ll soon be transitioning

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 27

Today’s News (2/27/18)       Reports and Announcements “The percentage of adults living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural areas is nearly double the percentage of adults living with COPD in large metropolitan areas” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

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/ 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/ Feb 13

Today’s News (2/13/18) The President’s FY 2019 budget has been released.  Some conflicting analyses out there, so may be a few days before there’s more clarity on the numbers.  The HHS Budget in Brief is available, as well as the HHS budget tables. While the more detailed Congressional Justification documents (CJs) for the various HHS agencies are not yet available, the CDC detail chart,

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 6

 Today’s News (2/6/18) The House Appropriations Committee has released text of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through March 23rd that would include funding for the Department of Defense along with a number of health provisions and extenders.  While the proposed House bill (Rules amendment to H.R. 1892) does restore partial funding to the

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 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 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 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 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/ 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/ 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

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 20

Today’s News (12/20/17)  TFAH has released its latest report, Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism. The report found the country does not invest enough to maintain strong, basic core capabilities for health security readiness and, instead, is in a continued state of inefficiently reacting with federal emergency supplemental funding packages

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

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 12

Today’s News (12/12/17)  This Friday is the final deadline to sign up for health coverage on healthcare.gov. Please continue to spread the word through social media channels to make a final push to get the word out so that people who need it can sign up for coverage. Get America Covered has resources and more information. Trust for America’s

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 7

Today’s News (12/7/17)  Reminder – tax bill letter: We have extended the deadline to COB today to join our updated letter to tax conferees expressing concern over the major health impacts, including repealing the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. With estimates forecasting a large deficit increase, this bill could imperil funding for other key public health and non-defense discretionary programs and

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 28

Today’s News (11/28/17)  A new Congressional Budget Office cost estimate report on the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act finds that the federal deficit would increase by $1.4 trillion over ten years.  In addition, eliminating the individual mandate would decrease the number of Americans with health insurance by four million over the next year and by 13

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/ Nov 9

Today’s News (11/9/17)        The National Center for Healthy Housing is seeking organizational support for the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017.  The bi-partisan bill would provide the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the authority to require lead hazard risk assessments and control in federally assisted housing prior to occupancy

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 / Nov 2

Today’s News (11/2/17)        Today, the House will likely begin consideration of the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT (H.R. 3922), which would slash billions from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund). A vote is expected tomorrow. The programs within this bill are vitally important, but should not be paid for by cutting other,

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,