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 Legislative and Policy Corner

The American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) – which the House of Representatives passed on May 4 by a vote of 217-213 – includes several provisions of concern to maternal and child health populations, as outlined during our recent All Member Policy Teleconference. Action now moves to the Senate, where prospects are unclear. Bottom line: the debate will continue for the foreseeable future, and any repeal and replace bill has a long way to go before it could become law.

Both houses of Congress passed, and the president signed, an Omnibus Appropriation bill to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2017 (through Sept. 30, 2017). AMCHP is pleased to reiterate that the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant received a $3.5 million increase in this bill. Additional details are available in our most recent Legislative Alert.

Health Systems Transformation
 
Centering Women in the Postpartum Period
AMCHP is pleased to announce the release of our latest postpartum health and wellness video. This is part of a series of videos focusing on the importance of women-centered care in the postpartum period. The video series is a companion piece to the November 2016 special edition of the Maternal and Child Health Journal on postpartum health and wellness. Members are encouraged to share the video on social media and to use the hashtag #PostpartumHealth. ​