AMCHP's policy and advocacy work is guided by AMCHP's Board of Directors and our Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee comprised of AMCHP members and partners. AMCHP's Strategic Plan includes developing an implementing an annual legislative and policy agenda. This agenda specifies where we will devote our advocacy resources and highlights key policy and advocacy activities for AMCHP.
With all that we could do to support state MCH programs and provide national leadership on issues affecting women, children, and families, we use this agenda to make explicit what we will do in terms of advocacy on an annual basis. Tier 1 priorities are items for which AMCHP will play a lead role. Tier 2 priorities are items for which AMCHP will work in partnership to support. Tier 3 priorities are items that are important to AMCHP, things that we will monitor, and areas that may develop into future Tier 1 or Tier 2 items.
2011 AMCHP Policy & Legislative Agenda
Priority I – AMCHP will play a lead role in advocating to:
- Fund the Title V MCH Block Grant at $700 million to improve the health of all women, children, and families, including those with special health care needs and to strengthen state and national capacity to assess the health needs of children and families, and the performance of health systems serving families raising children.
- Optimally Implement MCH-related Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide state maternal and child health (MCH) leaders and their partners with the information, tools and resources to optimize the opportunities presented by the ACA for improving services, systems, and health outcomes for MCH populations.
- Assure that an adequate portion of resources in the Prevention and Publich Health Fund address MCH issues and needs.
Priority II - AMCHP will actively work with key partners to:
Priority III - AMCHP will monitor, and support efforts as time and resources allow to:
As a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization AMCHP complies fully with all Federal regulations, restrictions and established practices governing advocacy and lobbying activities. No Federal funding is used to engage in any lobbying activities and all legislative activities are closely monitored and audited for compliance with all relevant legislation. If you have questions about AMCHP's specific lobbying activities please contact our Director of Policy (see the "Advocacy Contacts" link to the left).