House Republicans Unveil Outline of Proposed ACA Replacement Plan
On Feb. 16, outlines of an initial proposal by House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were distributed to members and leaked to the press. Although timing of repeal and replace efforts remains fluid, both House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump said on Feb. 16 that there will be a proposal unveiled shortly after Congress returns from the Presidents Day recess. The main elements of the plan released include:
· repeal individual and employer mandates
· don't allow denial of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
· allow young people to stay on their parents' plan through age 26
· provide tax credits for purchasing health insurance outside of employer-based coverage
· promote of health savings accounts by increasing maximum contribution limits
· repeal Medicaid expansion, and provide a limited time during which states that have already expanded Medicaid would continue to receive enhanced payments and, after that period ends, allow states to continue enrolling individuals who were part of the expansion population at the traditional match rate
· transition Medicaid to a per capita allotment, but give states the choice to receive funding as a block grant
· repeal Medicaid disproportionate share payments
· create state innovation grants that could be used to create high-risk pools
House Votes to Overturn Obama Administration Regulation on Title X
On Feb. 16, the House of Representatives passed HJRes 43, which reverses a regulation issued by the Obama administration that would have prohibited states from restricting the distribution of Title X family planning funds to certain entities based on anything other than the ability of that grantee to provide family planning services. The Senate may take up the measure during the week of Feb. 27 and AMCHP staff will provide an update on any further action via Member Briefs.
AMCHP Joins Several Organizations in Supporting Continued Funding for Zika Resources
On Feb. 10, AMCHP joined several members of the Zika Coalition in a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to include ample funding to combat the Zika virus in fiscal 2018. While the emergency funding that was passed in September 2016 has already started to be put to use, we know that there are still long-term needs that will have to be addressed in years to come. The letter stressed the importance of shoring up the programs throughout the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other agencies that are working to combat the virus, as well as provide follow-up services to families affected.
AMCHP to Continue National MCH Policy Calls
Thank you to those who participated on the February National MCH Policy Call. A recording of the call is available here. Please join the AMCHP policy and government relations team for our next call on March 2 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, when we will continue our discussion of the changing policy landscape under the new administration. Please direct any questions to Brent Ewig at email@example.com.
Health Systems Transformation
Free Oral Health Video available for National Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children's Dental Health Month! To promote better oral health for pregnant women and children, the AMCHP Health Systems Transformation team created a short, consumer-facing animated video about the importance of accessing oral health care during pregnancy. This informative, high-quality tool can be a useful resource to help educate women about the safety and importance of going to the dentist while pregnant. If you are interested in a free customization of the video with your state/local logo and website, please contact Emily Eckert (firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 266-2037), and remember to join the conversation on social media using #NCDHM.