Legislative Corner

AMCHP Analysis of Recent Budget Developments & Threats to MCH Funding
On Oct. 4, AMCHP conducted an all-member teleconference to share the latest analysis on recent federal budget developments and what they mean for the Title V MCH Block Grant and other critical MCH programs. A recording of the call is posted here. Additional background on the House proposals for MCH funding is available in our most recent Legislative Alert, available here.

AMCHP Webinar Reminder – Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. EST
Register now for the AMCHP-hosted national webinar, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, entitled Optimizing Health Care Reform to Integrate Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and Their Families. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides states with new tools and opportunities to reform health care systems and integrate public and private service delivery systems. This webinar will highlight the efforts of state Title V MCH programs and their partners (e.g., Medicaid agencies, children’s hospitals, provider groups, family advocates) to integrate health care service delivery systems focused on improving the health of women, children and their families. To register for the webinar, please click here.

 In Case You Missed It…Home Visiting Funding Awarded
On Sept. 22, the Department of Housing and Human Services (HHS) awarded $224 million to 49 states as part of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. Formula grant awards totaling $124 million were awarded to 55 eligible agencies including 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and America Samoa. 

A total of $100 million in competitive funding was awarded to those states that have sufficiently demonstrated the interest and capacity to expand and/or enhance the development of their home visiting efforts. Specifically:

  • Approximately $66 million was awarded to nine states and jurisdictions that have already made progress toward implementing a high-quality home visiting program as part of a comprehensive, early childhood system
  • Approximately $34 million was awarded to 13 states and jurisdictions that currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts

Click here to view the list of grantees.

Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project Receives Funding
On Sept. 29, HHS announced funding made available through the Affordable Care Act to support a four-year Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project. Supported by $25 million in funding awards, the project will build on existing community efforts and will work to identify effective health care and community strategies to support children’s healthy eating and active living, and help combat childhood obesity. The project will target children ages 2–12 years covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The project grantees include three research facilities, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, San Diego State University and the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health. Each of these facilities will receive approximately $6.2 million over four years to identify effective childhood obesity prevention strategies. The evaluation center located at the University of Houston will receive about $4.2 million over four years to determine successful strategies and share lessons and successes. Click here for more information.

Community Transformation Grants Awarded
On Sept. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $103 million to 61 states and communities with over 120 million residents to fight chronic disease. All grantees will work to address the following priority areas: 1) tobacco-free living; 2) active living and healthy eating; and 3) quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Grantees may also focus on creating healthy and safe environments and reducing health disparities.

Grantee activities include:

  • Implementation – Thirty-five grantees will implement proven interventions to help improve health and wellness. Funding amounts range from $500,000 to $10 million depending on population size and scope of project.
  • Capacity Building – Twenty-six grantees will work to build capacity by laying a solid foundation for sustainable community prevention efforts. Funding amounts range from $147,000 to $500,000 depending on population size and scope of project.

Click here for more information.