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Congress Moves Resolution on ACA Repeal

On Friday, the House of Representatives approved a concurrent budget resolution that sets up a reconciliation bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The resolution (S.Con.Res.3) was adopted by the Senate at approximately 1:00 AM on Thursday, January 12 by a vote of 51 to 48.  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only Republican to

Opioid Epidemic and the Repeal of ACA/Medicaid Block Grant

Evidence is all around that the country is facing another drug abuse crisis.  Not surprisingly that crisis is impacting the number of children entering foster care.  Child welfare will continue to be effected by increased drug epidemic and that could become even more significant if Congress repeals the ACA, block grants Medicaid and does not

Listen to a Young Man Describe His 20 Years in Foster Care!  

On Wednesday, January 11, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered—Youth Radio, broadcast a story about a young man who entered foster care at the age of one and who recently aged out of care at the age of 21. Noel Anaya spent nearly all of his life in the California foster care system and tells

Help Us Protect SSBG  

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a vital source of support for your state ESPECIALLY for child welfare, domestic violence, elder abuse services, and other human services. Speaker Ryan has offered proposals to eliminate all $1.7 billion in human services funding.  See how your state spends its SSBG and who they serve in the

Tell Us Your Story – Families USA

In an effort to collect stories on the impact of the ACA, Families USA is asking people to Tell Us Your Stories.  Families USA has been a leader on health care for more than two decades.  Currently they are working in a coalition to elevate people’s experiences in the media, with policymakers, and in our

Congress Danny Davis New Ranking Member on Human Resources  

Last week the Democrats announced their members of the key Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources when they announced that longtime child welfare advocate Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) will serve as Ranking Member.  He will be joined by the previous Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and newcomers to the subcommittee Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

Chair of Ways and Means Has Positive Words for Home Visiting

On Thursday, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee had positive words for the home visiting program.  [the Human Resources Subcommittee will work on] “solutions to help more families climb the economic ladder and escape poverty. We will continue taking action to ensure the programs under our Committee’s jurisdiction are encouraging and rewarding work

Child Welfare Workforce Center Taking Shape

The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) is starting to ramp-up operations.  The five-year project is intended to build research and best practices when it comes to the child welfare workforce.  A consistent challenge for child welfare systems nationwide is a lack of adequately trained and staffed workforce.  Lack of workforce and workforce development

HHS Secretary May Not Get Ok Until Mid-February  

Next Wednesday Congressman Tom Price will go before the Senate HELP Committee for what will be one of two committee hearings.  The hearing before HELP will be important but it is the Senate Finance Committee that is responsible for confirming his nomination.  Finance is working on the Treasury nomination later this week and is expected

Senate Jumps on ACA Repeal

By early afternoon of January 3, 2017 Senate Republican began the process of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a Senate Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res.3) and debate began with a clock of 50 hours of Senate debate.  The resolution will eventually provide a reconciliation process to fast track the repeal