TFAH Health Reform Latest Developments List

April 3, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest   Reports and Announcements This week is National Public Health Week (NPHW), sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The NPHW website provides daily public health themes, as well as a list of events happening around the country to mark the occasion. The California Endowment has released new materials related to […]

March 20, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     We expected to see the FY2018 Omnibus text released late last night or early this morning, but according to CQ there are still several issues being worked out. We will update you in the next Digest as we learn more. Yesterday, the White House released a new strategy to […]

March 15, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       Reports and Announcements The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its new county health rankings, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This year’s report shows an increase in babies born at low birth-weight, with higher rates for communities of color. The rankings are determined […]

March 13, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest        Reports and Announcements In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida and the renewed national debate around reducing gun violence, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has opened access to their  collection of research papers, commentaries and essays on public health and firearms published in the American […]

March 8, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       Reports and Announcements Healthline published an article on why “despair deaths” continue to rise in the United States. The article cites the Trust for America’s Health and Well-Being Trust report Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy. […]

March 6, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     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 […]

March 1, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest        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, […]

February 27, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           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 […]

February 23, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       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 […]

February 21, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       Reports and Announcements The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention along with the Million Hearts Initiative have announced the 2018 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge is now open. Health professionals, practices, and health systems that have achieved hypertension control rates of at […]

February 15, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest        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 […]

February 13, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       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 […]

February 8, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           Senate leadership has announced the framework of a deal that would, among other things: extend continuing resolution funding for fiscal year 2018 until late March, make two-year overall increases in both defense and non-defense discretionary spending, raise the debt ceiling, extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and […]

February 1, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

January 30, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest                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 […]

January 25, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest             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 […]

January 19, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest                  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 […]

January 3, 2018

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            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 […]

December 20, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     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 […]

December 18, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            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) […]

December 5, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           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, […]

November 16, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         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 […]

November 9, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      Action Requested 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 […]

November 7, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     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.  […]

November 2, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      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 […]

October 31, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         CHAMPION Act update: While it has not been officially placed on the floor schedule, it appears the House will vote on the CHAMPION Act this Thursday or Friday. A revised version of the bill, now known as the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, would cut even more public health funding […]

October 17, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       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 […]

October 11, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       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 […]

October 5, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         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 […]

September 28, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       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 […]

September 21, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     The Senate majority continues working to pass ACA repeal legislation which would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restructure and cut Medicaid, and weaken or eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Some updates: The bill may go to the Senate floor as soon as next Tuesday or Wednesday. The […]