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 Legislative & Policy Corner

Zika Funds Approved and Shutdown Averted

On Sept. 28, Congress gave final approval to the $1.1 billion Zika funding package and the Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the government open until Dec. 9th, it was signed into law by the president shortly after. AMCHP, along with a broad coalition of over 90 public health groups that have been pressing Congress to pass emergency to address Zika, support the action. Some highlights of the Zika package include:

  • $75 million to reimburse health care provided in states and U.S. territories with active Zika transmission for those without private health insurance.
  • $20 million for maternal and child health special projects of regional and national significance (SPRANS) in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.
  • $40 million for community health centers in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.
  • $6 million for National Health Service Corps in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.
  • $394 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support vector control, technical assistance for states and international response activities. Of this amount, $44 million is to reimburse states for Public Health Emergency Preparedness funding transferred to Zika response activities.

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Health Reform Implementation

CMS Launches New Campaign to Register Young Adults During Open Enrollment

Young adults as a group had the highest uninsured rates before the Affordable Care Act, and they have seen the sharpest drop in uninsured rates since 2010. Yet millions of young adults remain uninsured. On Sept. 27, the White House convened the Millennial Outreach and Enrollment Summit, where the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an initiative to engage young adults during the upcoming open enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2017). The initiative will use various digital platforms and will make picking a plan on a mobile device much simpler. More information about the program is available here.