TFAH Health Reform Latest Developments List

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 […]

September 12, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      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 […]

September 11, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           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 […]

September 1, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Reports and Announcements Yesterday, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 14th annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.  The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia), […]

August 31, 2017

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, released a […]

August 17, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         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 […]

August 15, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest              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 […]

August 10, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           Reports and Announcements The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has recognized 323 schools as America’s Healthiest Schools. The schools are all recipients of the Alliance’s National Healthy Schools Award, “exemplifying a growing national movement to create healthier schools for kids. This year’s winners hail from 30 states and […]

August 8, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       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 […]

August 2, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      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 […]

July 27, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest     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 […]

July 25, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest        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 […]

July 21, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest    According to the latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the latest Senate health care proposal, a repeal without replacement measure, would increase the number of uninsured in the US by 32 million people.  Under the measure, it is also estimated that premiums would about double by 2026. Senate […]

July 19, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           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 […]

July 14, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest    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 […]

July 12, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       In case you missed it, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, currently Georgia Health Commissioner, has been nominated as the next Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For the HHS news release.  In addition, the President announced his intent to nominate Bob Kadlec to be the new HHS […]

July 7, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest       In case you missed it, Dr. Jerome Adams, currently Indiana Health Commissioner, has been nominated as the next Surgeon General of the United States.  From STAT. The Senate HELP Committee (minority) sent out a Dear Colleague letter along with  state fact sheets in support of the Prevention Fund and how its investments […]

June 27, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the Better Care Reconciliation Act is 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 […]

June 23, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest         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 […]

June 21, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest    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 […]

June 15, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

June 13, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          Please note that there are quite a few impending deadlines in today’s Digest, as Senate action on the American Health Care Act is possible in the coming days and weeks and many groups are also focused on budget and appropriations threats.       Take Action Thanks […]

June 6, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Reports and Materials With summer approaching, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “sharing resources and guidance for protecting pregnant women and families; preventing mosquito bites; and traveling safely.”       Take Action Two Friday deadlines: The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is circulating […]