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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 / 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 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 / 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 / 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 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 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

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 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 / 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 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 / May 9

Federal Action As you know, the House of Representatives voted this past Thursday, 217-213, to approve the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  It now moves on to the Senate for consideration.  It has been widely reported that 13 Senators are working on an alternative health

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 1

Federal Action From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a summary of the impact upon persons with pre-existing conditions under the current MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act. Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that, “USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, as his first official act as Secretary, signed a proclamation that delays

Movement for Black Lives Platform: How can public health take action?

  Saturday, May 6, 12pm-4pm BARHII, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 520, Oakland, CA Suggested donation: $20* (no one turned away for lack of funds.) Register: https://publichealth-m4bl.eventbrite.com Join other public health professionals for a potluck lunch and lively action-oriented workshop about how we can use our skills and roles in public health to advance

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 18

Reports and Materials The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its CDC Grant Funding Profiles site last month with fiscal year (FY) 2016 data and profiles. “The profiles provide quick access to information about CDC funding provided to health departments, universities, and other public and private agencies in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The

Anti-Racism Author Tim Wise Speaking in the Bay Area April 18

SURJ Bay Area presents Anti-Racism Educator & Author Tim Wise on Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 pm Acclaimed anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will speak at a benefit to raise funds for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None’s statewide mobilization to Sacramento on May 8th –  Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 30

Clearly, another one of those weeks with a vast amount of activity.  You may need to read this one twice, much to digest (no pun intended).       Reports and Materials The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. “The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced

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 / Mar 9

      Affordable Care Act Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began its debate of health reform legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act through reconciliation.  The markup ran for more than a dozen hours on day one.  The Ways and Means Committee completed its markup after 18 hours. Among the latest supportive statements

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

Lobby Day March 7 / Build Agenda for National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

Less Than 3 Weeks To Go Prep for Lobby Day (March 7th) and Build Your Agenda for the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference With less than 3 weeks to go before we’re all together in DC, we wanted to send you a quick to-do list to help prepare you for the conference. Not registered yet? Register here.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest

Today’s News (2/7/17)       Affordable Care Act Several new news postings in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund: Chicago Tribune – Vaccination Funding May be Cut if Obamacare Ends, Public Health Experts Warn. McclatchyDC – Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Could Devastate Public Health and CDC Funding. Richmond Times-Dispatch – {Virginia} Could Lose $20 Million in