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 Federal Affairs and Advocacy

AMCHP works with federal agencies, Members of Congress and their staff, 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 Public Policy and Government Affairs Team.

Federal Appropriations for MCH Programs - Advocacy and Education Tools

  • Updated August 2020: AMCHP Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Request for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant - This "Ask Sheet" urges Congress to fund the Title V MCH Services Block Grant at $718.2 million in Fiscal Year 2021, which is the funding level included in the House-passed Labor-HHS appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2021.
  • FY21 Friends of MCH Letter: AMCHP led a coalition of 81 organizations dedicated to improving maternal and child health in sending a letter to congressional appropriators in support of funding the Title V MCH Services Block Grant at $715 million in Fiscal Year 2021.
  • AMCHP Title V Fact Sheet
  • State Title V Profiles: These profiles provide a snapshot of the Title V programs and MCH needs in each of the 59 states, territories, and jurisdictions that receive funding through the Title V MCH Services Block Grant.
  • FY19 Appropriations Testimony: AMCHP then-President Susan Chacon testified in April 2018 before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding the value of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and the need for increased funding in Fiscal Year 2019.

Federal Regulations and Legislation

On behalf of its members, AMCHP provides comments, input, and feedback on federal legislation and regulations that impact state MCH programs. AMCHP also tracks federal legislation relevant to its members. Recent comments and letters to congressional and federal agency officials are listed below as are bill trackers of key legislative topics.

  • AMCHP submitted comments to the Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding HHS' proposed rule to revise regulations for the Title X Family Planning Program. AMCHP's comments focused on the impact these rules could have on limiting access to preventive care and family planning. In particular, the comments highlighted the role that Title X providers play in achieving Title V National Performance Measures related to the well-woman visit and adolescent well-visit. (07/31/18)
  • AMCHP led a coalition of 51 national organizations and academic centers in sending a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing concern over reports that the United States delegation to the 2018 World Health Assembly sought to weaken a resolution designed to support breastfeeding. (07/13/18)
  • AMCHP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters. (11/27/17)