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FY 2013 Operating Plans
The federal government plans to release their FY 2013 operating plans at the end of the month. These plans will detail the level of spending reductions as a result of sequestration and reprogramming for the reminder of the fiscal year. It also will provide information about the final allocations of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. AMCHP will closely monitor these developments and provide you with information regarding the operating plans as soon as this information is public.

Prevention and Public Health Fund
During the past few weeks, the Prevention and Public Health Fund has garnered a lot of attention from members of Congress. AMCHP sent a letter to Capitol Hill indicating our continued support and opposing any effort to eliminate, reduce or divert funding to pay for other priorities. Additionally, AMCHP continues to work with a broad coalition of groups led by Trust for America’s Health informing the administration that we are opposed to their approach to transfer money from the fund to pay for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

MIECHV Legislative Update
As reported last week, President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposes to extend and expand the current Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Education Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) beginning in fiscal year 2015. AMCHP signed a letter indicating our strong support for the extension of the program and interest in working with the administration to advocate for enactment of the president’s proposal.

ICYMI Federal Navigator Grants
In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announces New Grant Opportunity for ACA Outreach and Enrollment. On Apr. 9, HHS released a new federal grant opportunity for those interested in serving as navigators in states with partnership and federally facilitated marketplaces. The deadline to apply is Jun. 7. This announcement represents new resources ($54 million) that may be available to state Title V MCH programs and your partners to support outreach and enrollment for individuals gaining insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

AMCHP created a fact sheet that outlines three steps for your program to consider to help connect women, children and their families to health insurance coverage. Additionally, friends at Enroll America put together a new fact sheet that helps clarify the four types of outreach assistance that may be available (navigators, in-person assistors, certified application counselors, and agents and brokers) and compares them side-by-side in all three types of exchanges.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Home (CMS) scheduled two pre-application calls, one of which has already passed. The remaining call will provide an overview of the announcement, budget guidance, and other available materials, as well as an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions.

Key Dates:
Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged): May 1
Application due date: Jun. 7
Anticipated Notice of Award: Aug. 15

* Please note this funding announcement is only for states with a federally facilitated or partnership exchange, including: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Navigator Resources

  •  (Kaiser Family Foundation) How Will Consumers Navigate New Health Care Options? (Webcast)
  •  (Kaiser Family Foundation) Consumer Assistance in Health Reform (Issue Brief)
  •  (Kaiser Family Foundation) Navigator and In-Person Assistance Programs: A Snapshot of State Programs (Issue Brief)