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 Federal Affairs and Advocacy

​​​AMCHP works with federal agencies, members of Congress, and partners to garner support for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant and other MCH programs.  For more information on these activities, please contact any member of our Policy Team.

Federal Budget & Appropriations

Federal Maternal & Child Health Funding Updates

Appropriations Testimony

  • March 2013: Written Statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Click here to download the written statement. 

Comments on Federal Regulation & Legislation

As your voice in Washington, AMCHP provides member comments, input and feedback on federal legislation and regulations of import to state MCH programs.  Recent comments are listed below.


AMCHP provided comments to the Center's for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (11/27/17)

AMCHP's letter ​to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sharing recommendations​ on the essential health benefit package. (12/19/14)

AMCHP signed on to a letter​ with the pediatric community supporting affordable and adequate coverage for children. (12/19/14)

AMCHP signed on to a letter to Secretary Burwell supporting recommendations to revise essential health benefits regarding pediatric services for 2016. (10/16/14).

AMCHP Board Member Dr. Lauri Kalanges presentation on behalf of AMCHP as part of a Congressional briefing entitled “Who’s Caring for Half of America? Ob-Gyns are Women’s Primary Care Physicians.”  (10/09/2014)

AMCHP signed on to a letter supporting a proposed regulation that includes clarification for those women losing coverage of Medicaid pregnancy-related services to have the option to enroll in a Marketplace plan. (4/21/2014)

AMCHP signed on to a letter with 52 other national organizations supporting Home Visiting Program Extension

AMCHP signed on to a letter with other MCH organizations in regards to the CMS 2015 Draft Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) (2/14/2014)

AMCHP supports the reauthorization of the CHIP Program. (2/14/2014)

AMCHP supports the WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program. (6/13/2013)

AMCHP signed a letter in support of President Obama's proposed expansion and extension of the home visiting program. (4/13/2013)

AMCHP supports the Prevention and Public Health Fund letter sent to Congress. (4/13/2013)

AMCHP provided comments to HRSA on the Federal Register notice that was released by the Office of Management and Budget on Jan. 7 requesting comments on the burden on states to report data on the amount of federal funding from the Title V MCH Block Grant that states spend on direct services. Request for comment was given in order to "Analyze Title V Programs in the Context of the Affordable Care Act." States also provided comments specific to their programs. (3/13/2013)

AMCHP provided comments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proposed rule on essential health benefits. (12/12/2012) 

AMCHP encouraged states to comment on proposed essential health benefits benchmark plans. AMCHP provided a memo containing background information and how states can comment that can be found here. Comments were due Dec. 26, 2012. (12/12/2012).

AMCHP signed onto a letter with the pediatric community to support protecting access to health services for children by preserving the Affordable Care Act's payment increase for primary care services financed by Medicaid. (12/12/2012) 

Friends of Maternal and Child Health letter signed by 56 organizations about sequestration.  This letter urges Congress to achieve a balanced approach to deficit reduction. (2012)

Talking points on how the Prevention and Public Health Fund helps women and their families. (4/12)

AMCHP's letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee opposing legislation designed to eliminate funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. (4/25/2012)

AMCHP's comments on the Department of Health and Human Services essential health benefits bulletin. (2/22/2011)

AMCHP's letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee opposing legislation designed to eliminate or reclassify Prevention and Public Health Fund, school based health centers and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). (3/11/2011)

Joint comments from AMCHP, AAP, AWHONN and others on the Department of Labor reasonable break time for nursing mothers. (2/22/2011)

Letter and comments from AMCHP, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist (CSTE) and the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) on the comprehensive set of quality measures under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). (1/2011)

AMCHP's comments on the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (1/2011)

AMCHP's comments on Preventive Services for Women (1/2011) [Background information on IOM's work]

AMCHP's comments on the health insurance exchange regulation (10/2011)

AMCHP and other national organizations' letter to DHHS Secretary Sebelius regarding a health quality measure for Medicaid-eligible adults on elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation. (9/2011)

AMCHP's comments on the initial core set of health quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults. (3/1/2011)

AMCHP com​ments on criteria for evidence for the Evidence Based Home Visitation Program. (8/6/2010)

AMCHP letter to Senate and House Leadership Advocating for Title V Home Visiting Programs to Remain in Final Health Reform Bill (1/6/2010).

AMCHP statement of support for national expansion of home visitation programs. (4/23/2009)