Children's Monitor Online
A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

   
   
Vol. 24, Issue 19: 6/13/2011   
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Rockefeller Announces Strong Democratic Support for Medicaid

Ways and Means Subcommittee Plans Hearing on IV-B Services

House Democrats Release Report on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

These Cuts Won't Heal: Budget Webcast Today

Key Upcoming Dates for Congress



Rockefeller Announces Strong Democratic Support for Medicaid

Previously, CWLA reported on Senator John Rockefeller's (D-WV) efforts to preserve the Medicaid entitlement. Last week he announced that a total of 41 Senate Democrats had united against any efforts to slash Medicaid. In several letters to President Barack Obama, the senators stated their opposition to block grant, cap, or otherwise eliminate or slash Medicaid coverage for our nation's most vulnerable citizens. On June 7, Rockefeller and 36 other senators sent a letter to the President stating their opposition to cutting Medicaid. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent separate letters to the President expressing their opposition to cutting Medicaid as part of this joint effort.

Now that a filibuster-proof majority is on record opposing harmful cuts to Medicaid, many Democratic senators hope that they can move forward with the negotiations about cutting the deficit. In a press release last week, Rockefeller confirmed his support for efforts to reduce the deficit, but clarified that they should not come at the expense of programs that benefit working families and low-income individuals. The results of a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll are consistent with the sentiments expressed by these senators. According to the poll, most Americans oppose the idea of converting Medicaid to block grant financing to reduce the federal deficit.

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Ways and Means Subcommittee Plans Hearing on IV-B Services

Last week, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, Geoff Davis (R-KY), announced that the subcommittee would be holding a hearing on improving programs designed to protect youth at risk of abuse and neglect. In particular, the subcommittee is seeking to review recent changes to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services program and the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program, as well as consider whether additional changes should be made in legislation to reauthorize these programs. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Witnesses will include an Administration for Children and Families representative along with other experts on these issues. In addition, the subcommittee encourages other individuals and organizations to submit written statements for consideration by the committee. The deadline to submit statements is close of business on Thursday, June 30.

The authorizations for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services program (Title IV-B Subpart I) and the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program (Title IV-B, Subpart II) will expire at the end of fiscal year 2011. Title IV-B, Subpart I, known as the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services program, provides grants to states and Indian tribes for prevention programs for family preservation. The primary goals of Title IV-B, Subpart II, Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) are to prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families, improve the quality of care and services to children and their families, and ensure permanency for children by reuniting them with their parents, by adoption or by another permanent living arrangement.

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House Democrats Release Report on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

On June 3rd, Representatives Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) released new analyses detailing the impact of the Republican Medicare and Medicaid proposals on each congressional district. In addition to the report, they sent a letter to their colleagues highlighting some of the key elements of the proposals. According to Waxman and Pallone, the House-approved FY 2012 Budget Plan would slash Medicaid programs that provide basic coverage for tens of millions of children. The letter also notes that the proposed Medicaid plan would eliminate the guarantee of coverage so critical to the foundation of the Medicaid program, while cutting nearly $800 billion in federal contributions to the states over the next 10 years.

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These Cuts Won't Heal: Budget Webcast Today

As part of the CWLA budget campaign, These Cuts Won't Heal, the Government Affairs Division is hosting a series of members-only webcasts. Tune in today at 3 p.m. Eastern. The focus of today's webinar will be on the proposed caps on federal spending and the impact on child welfare spending. There will also be an update on efforts to institute a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. Registration for the webcast series is ongoing.

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Key Upcoming Dates for Congress

- June 27 to July 5: House recess
- July 1 to July 11: Senate recess

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