TFAH Health Reform Latest Developments List

March 28, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     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, […]

March 24, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     To vote or not to vote, that is the question!  As you are probably well aware, under a fast-track procedure approved Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today (don’t hold me to that) on a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). […]

March 21, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest        The House of Representatives is currently scheduled to begin consideration of the American Health Care Act on Thursday, March 23rd (Rules Committee on Wednesday). A manager’s amendment reflecting a series of changes from the original legislation has been filed.       Reports and Materials Safe Kids Worldwide […]

March 20, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       Today’s News      The President has released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint. According to the document, funding for the Department of Health and Human Services would be reduced by almost 18 percent!  While the outline provides very little detail, among its proposals is a $500 million block grant […]

March 15, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Affordable Care Act The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released their score of the American Health Care Act yesterday, finding that, “The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year following enactment of the […]

March 9, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

March 7, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           Affordable Care Act Last evening, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released its legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act through reconciliation.  The legislation would repeal the Prevention and Public Health fund after Fiscal Year 2018.  Committee markup is scheduled for Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 2123 […]

March 2, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           Funding and Award Opportunities The Public Health Foundation has announced the inaugural winners (2016) of the Future of Population Health Awards. In addition, the 2017 award program has launched and is accepting applications through April 21st.       Take Action       Last chance – Last month, […]

February 27, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Affordable Care Act A discussion draft (thanks Politico) of the House (majority) ACA repeal legislation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee is circulating. Section 101 eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, although it does maintain funding for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 ($1 billion and $900 […]

February 22, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           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 […]

February 16, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         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 […]

February 14, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Affordable Care Act Here’s an op ed in The Hill from TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Missing in the ACA Debate: Funding to Prevent Disease in the First Place. “If the ACA is repealed, the Prevention fund disappears and the CDC will lose 12 percent of […]

February 9, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         Affordable Care Act Another good article on the Prevention Fund, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Obamacare Elimination Could Gut Georgia Health Fund. “All tolled, the demise of the fund could eliminate a wide swath of Georgia health programs and endanger a number of public health.”     […]

February 7, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

February 2, 2017

 Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest    Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day – According to the American Heart Association, “be sure to wear something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke.”       Take Action       Reminder – The American Academy of Pediatrics is circulating a sign-on letter to President […]

January 31, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         Important winter announcement — Pitchers and catchers report in 15 days!  Now back to today’s public health highlights:       Affordable Care Act Here are a series of links to several letters to the editor in support of the Prevention Fund from American Public Health Association members. […]

January 27, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest             Affordable Care Act Here are some “oldies” — previously shared, but still very useful documents to make the case in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund: A series of Senate “dear colleague” letters circulated by about a dozen Senators in 2015, detailing the importance […]

January 24, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Department of Health and Human Services Secretary-Designate Dr. Tom Price’s hearing before the Finance Committee is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. To view the webcast, live. Affordable Care Act In an effort to package various background materials in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, we’ve […]

January 18, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest                  Affordable Care Act Trust for America’s Health has released a special analysis (including state by state fact sheets) finding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would lose 12 percent of its annual budget if the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the […]

January 13, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      Here are individual clips of the video of Monday’s Senate floor colloquy on the Prevention Fund by Senators Blumenthal, Schatz and Markey.  Subsequently, the Senate voted 51-48 in support of an FY18 budget resolution with language aimed at repeal of the Affordable Care Act via reconciliation. Consideration of the […]

January 10, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      A great colloquy on the Senate floor last evening in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) (will share links later this week). Senator Blumenthal has also proposed a budget amendment requiring […]

January 4, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest    Thanks to those of you who have already signed the Prevention and Public Health Fund support letter to Congressional leadership. We already have over 300 organizations signed on. The deadline is close of business today. The Senate Budget Committee has introduced a budget resolution containing reconciliation instructions to authorizing committees enabling repeal of […]

December 9, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           A ton to share today, may take a few reads! The 21st Century Cures Act has now passed both houses of Congress.  TFAH released a statement expressing disappointment that Congress will utilize the Prevention and Public Health Fund as an offset, limiting the nation’s ability to improve health and quality […]

December 6, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     Thanks again to those joining us in sending letters to House and Senate leadership to express opposition to using the Prevention Fund as an offset for the Cures legislation, up for a Senate vote later this week.  Quite a few more were generated this week. Great quote from Vox — “Nearly half […]

December 1, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest        Thanks to all the organizations continuing to produce letters opposing using $3.25 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund as partial funding the 21st Century Cures package.  Yesterday, the House of Representative passed the legislation by a vote of 392-26. From Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) – “This bill strips […]

November 29, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

November 22, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          Rest for the holiday, but be prepared for a number of upcoming threats to federal public health legislation, regulations and funding in the coming months.  One related document to share is from the Congressional Research Service: Major Obama Administration Rules Potentially Eligible to be Overturned under the Congressional Review […]

November 18, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       Reminders: TFAH continues to keep the window open for signatures in support of the Vision for a Healthier America, signed by over 160 organizations. If your local, state or national organization has not yet signed on, still there’s time to do so. To sign on. See above for another […]

November 16, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         Post-election, it’s time to double down on advocating for the nation’s health. The Vision for a Healthier America, signed by over 160 organizations last month, is still a strategic driving force for positive change.  Many in public health are busy evaluating their ultimate responses to the threats and opportunities […]

November 10, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest                Reports and Related Materials A set of 14 policy briefs from TFAH’s Blueprint for a Healthier America are now posted on its website. They address issues including: Healthy Early Childhood, Achieving Health Equity, Healthy Students and Healthy Schools, Reversing Rising Death Rates among Middle-aged […]

November 8, 2016

Wellness and Prevention  Health Reform Digest          Reports and Related Materials The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published Healthy Aging in Action, a report that identifies specific actions for healthy aging including improvements in health and well-being for later life. The report is an […]

November 4, 2016

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest             Reports and Related Materials The proceedings of a June 2016 National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement — Community Violence as a Population Health Issue: Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief — are now available.  At this workshop, “participants explored public health approaches to reducing and […]