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Save the Date – National MCH Policy Teleconference Set for May 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST
Please save the date and register now to participate in a national maternal and child health (MCH) policy teleconference on May 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The call will feature an announcement from Dr. Michael Lu, associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality regarding future plans for the Infant Mortality Collaborative Innovation & Improvement Network. The teleconference also will include an introductory overview from new AMCHP CEO Lori Freeman and a call to action to use the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday to educate policymakers on how the Title V MCH Services Block Grant improves the health of all mothers and families. We will include updates on AMCHP advocacy for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant; the recent home visiting, Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Family-to-Family Health Information Center program extensions; and MCH-related updates on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As always, we will reserve ample time for your questions and seek your feedback to inform our work. Please RSVP here.

AMCHP Continues Advocacy for Title V MCH Block Grant
Over the past few weeks, the AMCHP policy staff has continued to meet with key congressional offices to promote the Title V MCH Block Grant and share our request for a $639 million appropriation for FY 2015. In every meeting, we share this Title V appropriations fact sheet, a state-specific profile, and this overview of the cost-effectiveness of MCH services. We will share feedback from these meeting on the May 5 national teleconference (see above) as well as ideas on how you can use the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday to join in spreading the word about the effectiveness of this longstanding federal-state partnership.

House Committee Passes Newborn Screening Reauthorization
On Apr. 3, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 1281, The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). This bill reauthorizes the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2008 to continue federal activities that assist states in improving their newborn screening programs, supporting parent and provider newborn screening education, and ensuring laboratory quality and surveillance. The bill also would continue research on newborn screening at the National Institutes of Health. AMCHP has joined the March of Dimes, Association of Public Health Laboratories and other stakeholders to support this reauthorization. A copy of the bill is available here. A version of this reauthorization was previously passed by the Senate HELP Committee, and we will let you know when it is scheduled for consideration by the full House and Senate.