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Pivotal Week Ahead for Home Visiting Program Reauthorization
As of press time, reports are that Congress has not found agreement on a permanent fix for the flawed Medicare payment formula due to the cost ($138 billion over 10 years). Our understanding is they are currently negotiating another temporary ‘doc fix’ extension that will likely be brought up for a vote late this week. Our coalition is advocating that a temporary Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) extension be included in that bill which would provide level funding into next year and allow the opportunity to consider a longer extension at that time. If for some reason a MIECHV extension is not considered this week, our coalition will of course be exploring all other avenues to extend the program. We appreciate your kind words of support and encouragement, and will keep you posted as this unfolds. 

AMCHP Welcomes Amy Haddad as the New Associate Director for Government Affairs
On Mar. 17 Amy Haddad started as the new AMCHP Associate Director for Government Affairs. Amy most recently served as the Director of Public Policy for Children’s Cause for Childhood Cancer and brings over seven years of Capitol Hill experience, including six years as Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA). Rep. Capps is consistently rated as one of the strongest champions for maternal and child health in the Congress, and sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over Title V MCH programs. Amy’s excellent work for Ms. Capps was widely recognized and honored, so we are thrilled she has agreed to join our team. Amy also worked two years for the Telos Group in Tel Aviv, Israel. She holds a BA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. 

Amy will be leading our work to advocate for Title V appropriations; supporting the priorities on our policy agenda; representing AMCHP in various policy coalitions; and helping support our Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee. She can be reached at 202-775-0436 or ahaddad@amchp.org.

Health Reform Implementation

CMS Releases Smorgasbord Proposed Rule
Friday, Mar. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled: “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Exchange and Insurance Market Standards.” The rule touches on many aspects of the ACA but what many are focusing on is the section that provides more information on navigator and assistance personnel functions, specifically state licensing of navigators. The proposed rule provides clarification as to what states can and cannot do in restricting activities of navigators, non-navigator assistors, and certified application counselors. For more information on the entire rule, the Health Affairs Blog provides an overview.