Legislative & Policy Corner

Federal Funding Update: Possible CR
Late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced a deal to continue to fund the federal government for six months through March 2013 at the agreed upon funding levels established by the Budget Control Act. This continuing resolution is intended to be a “clean” bill with no room for amendments or policy riders. However, according to media reports today many members of Congress may seek to amend the legislation. AMCHP staff will continue to closely monitor these developments.

Sequestration Update
The Friends of Maternal and Child Health coalition led by AMCHP, March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists sent a letter signed by 56 national organizations to members of Congress highlighting the impact sequestration will have on maternal and child health programs. This letter urges Congress to achieve a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not rely on further cuts to non-defense discretionary programs. A supporting fact sheet and press release coordinated by AMCHP with key partners is also available.

In Case You Missed It: AMCHP Health Reform Webinar Recording Available
AMCHP hosted a webinar on Jul. 31, to continue the conversation with its members on the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar serves as a review of the key provisions of the ACA, implications of the June Supreme Court ruling for MCH populations and an in-depth discussion of the Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchange establishment. AMCHP was able to hear from some of our member states on how their programs are helping to advance the ACA as well. For more information, click here.

ACA Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program Funding
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. The ACA directly appropriates $230 million for Fiscal Years 2011 through 2015 to make payments to qualified teaching health centers to support the expansion of primary care medical and dental residency training in community-based ambulatory settings. For more information, please click here.

SAMHSA Awards Grants for Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women Recovering from Substance Abuse
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced the awarding of seven new grants totaling up to $11 million over the next three years under the Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW). The program expands the availability of comprehensive, residential substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women and their minor children – including services for non-residential family members of both the women and children. For more information, click here.