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 Legislative and Policy Corner

AMCHP Comments on MCH Transformation
AMCHP submitted comments on Aug. 26 to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the (MCHB) commending them for their leadership and providing feedback on efforts to transform the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant. Please find our comments in response to Federal Register Notice here.

Our understanding is that MCHB is reviewing and developing responses to comments now. Based on these comments, they will potentially revise the draft guidance and post another version for a 30-day comment period before finalizing in January 2015. We will share additional details on these next steps when available, and thanks to all who have been engaged in this process to date.
Update on FY 2015 Federal Funding
Congress is returning to Washington, DC this week after an extended August recess, and action on FY 2015 federal funding is expected to be a top priority. Current indications are that Congress is likely to pass a largely clean continuing resolution (CR) that will provide flat funding for most federal programs into mid-December. Funding levels for the remainder of the year are expected be addressed in a lame duck session of Congress at that time. We will keep you posted on details as they are available.