TFAH Health Reform Latest Developments List

May 24, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      Federal Action The Fiscal Year 2018 President’s budget is out, so lots to share: HHS Budget in Brief HHS Budget Budget of the U.S. Government Assorted OMB tables and fact sheets CDC Congressional Justification document HRSA Congressional Justification document TFAH visual on CDC highlights In response to the […]

May 18, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

May 16, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      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 […]

May 9, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest               Federal Action As you know, the House of Representatives voted this past Thursday, 217-213, to approve the Affordable 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 […]

May 4, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           Federal Action It appears that the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Affordable Health Care Act today.  If you haven’t already, we urge you to contact your Members of Congress (202-224-3121) to vote no on the Upton/Long amendment, the MacArthur amendment and the underlying […]

May 2, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          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 […]

May 1, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          Federal Action By now, you have likely seen the most recent amendment (thanks Politico) to the American Health Care Act, offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur, which would allow states to waive preexisting conditions and essential benefits. The bill would also still eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund […]

April 25, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest           Upcoming Events On Wednesday, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT), TFAH and Healthy Schools Campaign are co-hosting a webinar under the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative to discuss the components of a comprehensive school behavioral health system and highlight two examples from Colorado and California where schools […]

April 21, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest          Reports and Materials STAT published an op-ed by TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Prevention Efforts Can Ward Off Many Chronic and Expensive Condition: So Why Aren’t We Investing in Them?  “It’s a pretty simple equation: Continued budget cuts equal a decrease in the ability of public health […]

April 18, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest              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 […]

April 7, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest            Reports and Materials A new research brief has been published by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University which “examines the benefits of social emotional development in elementary schools and provides guidance on how schools can support students’ development.”       […]

March 31, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest      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 […]

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 […]