Public Policy

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/ 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

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 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 / 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

Our Federal Science Agencies Are in Mortal Danger

Whether by strategy or ineptitude or both, the Trump administration is starving them of the expertise they need to fulfill their essential functions By Andrew A. Rosenberg, Kathleen Rest on October 17, 2017 Our national political landscape is in disarray. As scientists, we watch with dismay as senior positions in our federal science agencies remain

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 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 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 / 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 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 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 / 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 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

SCR 62 Press Conference

Dr. Mark Horton, former Director of the California Department of Public Health, represented the California Public Health Associaton-North at the press conference recognizing June 21st as Asking Saves Kids (ASK) day. California State Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician, introduced a Resolution (SCR 62) http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/fac…/billTextClient.xhtml…, which passed the California State Senate that proclaims June 21, 2017

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 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