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 Mar. 24, 2015

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Future of MIECHV and CHIP Could Be Set Within Next Week
As of press time, a potential bipartisan deal is emerging in Congress to permanently fix the Medicare doctor payment issue known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and include at least a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a two-year extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. As of press time, details to confirm the deal are not available but could be released soon. [more]

Budget Resolutions Progressing in House and Senate
Last week, both the House and Senate released budget resolutions. These resolutions do not carry the force of law and are considered more as blueprints or statements of priorities and governing philosophies. According to analysis from our friends at the Coalition for Health Funding, the House budget fails to stop sequestration in 2016, maintaining spending on programs such as public health and health research at a level 17 percent below 2010. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The ACA, signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, is approaching its five-year anniversary. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that approximately 16.4 million people have gained insurance since its passage. This is the largest reduction in the uninsured in nearly four decades, according to Sec. Burwell. [more]

King V. Burwell 
Just as we are approaching the ACA's five-year anniversary, the health care law faces another challenge. On Mar. 4, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case. This case hinges on the legality of the advance premium tax credits (the "subsidies"). The Obama Administration argues that the law always intended to make the subsidies available to all, regardless of whether an exchange was state or federally run. Currently, 34 states rely on the federally facilitated exchange. [more]

HHS Final Rule: Benefit & Payment Parameters for 2016
In the last Member Briefs, we highlighted the final rule on benefit and payment parameters for 2016. Within the final rule, there are several changes to essential health benefits (EHBs) that may have implications for MCH populations. A quick summary of key points is highlighted below, a larger summary of the changes is available through the advocacy network, the National Health Law Program. [more]

Special Enrollment

  • As a reminder, CMS announced a special enrollment period (SEP) from Mar. 15 to Apr. 30, 2015. This enrollment period is for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or "shared responsibility payment" when they file their 2014 taxes in states that use the Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or did not understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM. [more]


AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health from all states and territories on child health. Do you have a program that fits?

You'll have a chance to:

  • Share successes with your peers
  • Enhance the MCH field
  • Contribute to program replication
  • Get expert feedback from the Review Panel
  • Receive national recognition

The online submission process is simple and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contactKi'Yonna Jones at (202) 266-3049 or

You can also click here to refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!



New Opportunity for Title V Agencies and Partners: AYAH-CoIIN
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) is pleased to announce the opportunity for five state MCH programs to participate with key partners in a new Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH CoIIN). [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series â€" Join the Twitter Chat Thursday! 
This series will be hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management core on three pertinent topics benefiting the Title V workforce. The series will consist of three archived 20-minute videos for AMCHP members to access bi-monthly at their leisure. For the alternating months, AMCHP will host a Twitter chat on the content shared during the preceding month's archived video. The topics and identified speakers for each video/Twitter chat are outlined below. Click here to learn more about each talk and to register! You don't want to miss our Mar. 26 Twitter Chat! [more]

Upcoming Infant Mortality CoIIN Learning Session
The Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is a platform designed to accelerate improvement in priority strategy areas through collaborative learning, quality improvement and innovation, and to drive forward our common agenda of ensuring every child reaches his or her first birthday and beyond. Learning Sessions are designed to bring states together to learn from experts and colleagues through plenary sessions, interactive small group meetings, and team time. [more]

Beyond Policy: Implementing Care Coordination in Practice
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is hosting the first webinar in a three part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination on Mar. 30, 12-1 p.m. CST. This webinar will outline clinical guidelines and identify strategies and resources to help facilitate the implementation of care coordination in practice. [more]

NICHQ Offers Coaching on TJC Perinatal Care Measures
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) Improving Performance on TJC Breastfeeding Measures group coaching program provides hospitals with the advice, mentorship and support they need to improve their performance on The Joint Commission perinatal care measures 05 and 05a. Led by two experts in hospital-based system change, who have helped more than 100 hospitals improve their exclusive breastfeeding rates. [more]

2015 CSTE Annual Conference Travel Scholarships Available
AMCHP will provide up to $1,635 in travel scholarships for eight attendees to the MCH Symposium, Unleashing the Potential of Clinical Performance Measure for Maternal and Child Health, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conference. Applicants should be epidemiology/data analysis personnel from state MCH Title V programs and will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

New State Based Resources Available on MIECHV
Looking for data on how home visiting is making a difference in your state? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently released state fact sheets highlighting how the MIECHV program is helping at-risk families in each state, including home visits made, parents, children and communities served and evidence-based models used. [more]

New MCHB Resource on ACA Opportunities for Title V
Funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and developed by ABT Associates and the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance for State Title V (MCH) Programs on Implementation of the Affordable Care Act Toolkit identifies opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act to improve the health of America's children and families. [more]



New Mexico Seeks Family Health Bureau Chief
The Family Health Bureau Chief is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the staff in core public health functions and services. The incumbent will oversee the department strategic planning in the areas of women, infants and children (WIC), family planning, children's medical services, prenatal case management, epidemiology, maternal health, child health, farmers market and home visiting programs. [more]

DMCHWD Looking for Summer Interns
The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking intern(s) for Summer 2015. The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other health-related coursework or training programs in the United States. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program (as verified by the student's institution of higher learning). [more]

The Career Center is the premiere online job board for individuals seeking employment in Maternal and Child Health programs. Whether you are looking for an entry-level position or are a more seasoned professional looking for new opportunities, the AMCHP Career Center has great openings for great people! Searching our database is free and open to all job-seekers. AMCHP members receive a discount on job postings -- so sign up today!



MCH Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network) 
Deadline: Apr. 21
This cooperative agreement will support an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which will provide national leadership in research designed to improve the behavioral, mental, social, and/or cognitive health and well-being of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. [more]

MCH Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P Network)
Deadline: Apr. 21
This agreement supports an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which will provide national leadership in research designed to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Physical health may include, but is not limited to, medical, dental, visual, nutrition and speech/hearing components. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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