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 Legislative & Policy Corner

​Advocacy Work on Zika Continues Despite Congressional Recess
Although Congress is officially on recess, AMCHP is actively engaged with its partners to keep the pressure on for members to act immediately upon their return to pass emergency funding to address the Zika virus. We continue communicating in-person and by telephone and email on an almost daily basis with the House and Senate as well as the White House. To date, it appears that very few high-level discussions are occurring between Republicans and Democrats to address the points of contention that held up previous attempts at a funding package. However, given the confirmed local Zika transmission in the continental United States, we are hopeful that lawmakers may be persuaded to take action on a bill that can be passed by both chambers and signed into law by the president.

 ​Health Reform Implementation

Medicaid Helps Families by Helping More Moms Get Care for Maternal Depression
The Center for Law and Social Policy and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families recently released a report on the opportunity to improve children's health by identifying and treating maternal depression. The report, Medicaid Expansion Promotes Children's Development and Family Success by Treating Maternal Depression, supports four key conclusions: 1) untreated maternal depression is a major public health problem that affects large numbers of women, especially low-income women and their children; 2) while safe and effective treatments exist, low-income and uninsured women are far less likely to get treatment; 3) states that used the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income parents have new opportunities to ensure that women are enrolled and receiving coverage; and 4) mothers without health insurance face significant financial barriers to getting the care they need to treat maternal depression.

HRSA Awards More Than $149 Million to Grow the Nation's Primary Care Workforce
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced more than $149 million in new awards through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country. HRSA's education and training grants support the development of a workforce that can meet 21st century needs through an emphasis on diversity, distribution of clinicians and quality services that encourage innovative team-based and inter-professional approaches. Click here for a complete list of grantees and funding amounts.