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 Legislative & Policy Corner

Federal Budget Update
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation to fund the federal government from Oct. 1, 2013 through Dec. 15, 2013 at a slightly lower level than FY 2013 post-sequestration appropriation. As of press time, the vote on this legislation was delayed until this week because of reports the House did not have a majority of votes to approve the funding resolution. The major point of contention is centralized around using the continuing resolution as a vehicle to “defund” the Affordable Care Act. Absent approval of a continuing resolution by the House of Representatives and the Senate; the federal government will shut down. This situation in Washington, DC is extremely fluid at the moment. AMCHP will either schedule a conference call or issue an action alert if 1) the House and Senate approve the resolution or 2) if it appears that the government will shut down. As always, please feel free to contact Carolyn Mullen or Brent Ewig if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Outreach and Enrollment is the Name of the Game
The countdown timer for open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage is now below 20 days…and counting. Is your state ready? Stay tuned for resources from AMCHP to help you and your state prepare for open enrollment, which runs from Oct. 1, 2013 – Mar. 31, 2014.

Webinar on Health Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women Now Available
On Aug. 28, AMCHP along with National Health Law Program, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, AMCHP, the March of Dimes, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center took part in the first of the Health Reform and Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women Webinar Series. This webinar series provided background and answered questions about insurance options for pregnant women and their families. The link to the webinar and slides can be found here.