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 Legislative & Policy Corner

Elections, Lame Ducks & Preparing for AMCHP Hill Day 2015
Political junkies everywhere are eagerly anticipating the results of this Tuesday's election – with cooler heads predicting that potential run-offs in Georgia or Louisiana could mean that the balance of power might not be known for several weeks. Either way, AMCHP, as a nonpartisan organization, is eager to work with the new Congress to promote vital investments in MCH programs. We will be watching closely for changes on the key appropriations committees and looking to cultivate new champions for our cause. 

AMCHP also is working through various coalitions to push Congress to take action on key health programs in a lame duck session scheduled for mid-November – including extension of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Community Health Center expansion funding. At press time it is unclear which, if any of these, Congress might address in a lame duck and which will need action in 2015. 

Plan for AMCHP Hill Day
Stay tuned for the announcement of a webinar to prepare you for Hill visits, but if you are attending the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference please start planning now to visit your elected officials. We will be adapting our training this year to accommodate both participants who can engage in direct advocacy and those who may only engage in education. With a new Congress beginning in January, it is the perfect time to share information and educate them on continuing MCH needs in your state. Elected officials need to hear about the vitality of the Title V program as the health insurance coverage environment is changing with the Affordable Care Act; the need to reauthorize the sections of Title V that fund the MIECHV program, the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and the Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs); and extend funding for CHIP. We will be updating our traditional Title V Hill Day materials and make them available on-site at registration. If you have questions or need any assistance in the interim, including scheduling your meetings, please contact Brent Ewig, AMCHP director of policy, at bewig@amchp.org or 202-266-3041 or Amy Haddad, associate director for government relations at ahaddad@amchp.org or 202-266-3045.