AMCHP Working On Your Behalf
- On May 9, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended and presented at a meeting entitled “Optimizing MCH Nutrition under the ACA.” Meeting attendees explored opportunities to promote nutrition for MCH populations related to the Affordable Care Act. Meeting attendees worked to define how the MCH workforce can embrace the ACA and what training is needed. Much of the discussion throughout the meeting centered on how to utilize Bright Futures as the framework for preventive and primary care, as well as the community health settings.
- On May 14 AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy, Jessica Teel, and Tegan Callahan attended a legislative briefing on the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2013. The bill would support the establishment and expansion of maternity care collaborative and establish a set of maternity care quality measures for reporting in Medicaid and CHIP, and support development of additional measures by specialty societies, such as ACOG.
- On May 17 AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel facilitated a discussion on data and measurement at the National Governor’s Association Learning Network Conference for Improving Birth Outcomes. States participating in the first round of the NGA Learning Network included Michigan, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
- AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen participated in a meeting with White House officials and other home visiting models to discuss extension and expansion of MIECHV. The White House Officials included members from the domestic policy council, Dr. Michael Lu, Dr. Willis, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. During this meeting we discussed various strategies regarding extension of the home visiting program and we urged the White House to support extending the program this year as opposed to waiting for funding to run out next year. Our advocacy now shifts to Capitol Hill where we will be meeting with policymakers during the upcoming weeks.