Supreme Court Puts Aside Latest Challenge to Health Care Law

Last week was a historic week for the U.S. Supreme Court and on Thursday June 25, the Supreme Court issued one of its most anticipated decisions of the term with a 6 to 3 rejection of the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

The Court in King V Burwell rejected the challenge by the opponents of the ACA who […]

House and Senate Committees Pass Labor-HHS Bills

 

Last week both houses moved on an appropriations bill for the departments of HHS, Education and Labor.  The House Appropriations Committee moved the bill that had been approved by the Subcommittee a week earlier while in the Senate the Subcommittee and then the full Committee acted on their version of a bill on Tuesday and Thursday.  The House unnumbered […]

Bill Moving on Commission to Evaluate Data and Evidence

A bipartisan bill that would create a commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, S. 991  was reported out of a Senate Committee last week.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (DWA) is similar to a House bill, HR 1831, sponsored by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WS).  Generally the commission would evaluate the use of data on federal programs and tax expenditures […]

Republicans Discuss Options on ACA, CBO: Repeal Will Cost Money and Coverage

With time running out on this session’s Supreme Court term, Republican senators are discussing their options on how to react to a possible court ruling that would cut-off potentially 6.4 million people from their health insurance tax credits. At the same time the Congressional Budget Office said in an updated review that repeal of the ACA would increase the […]

House Subcommittee Moves Labor-HHS Bill

Operating under budget caps and an allocation $3 billion below 2014 funding, on Wednesday, June 17 the House Appropriations Subcommittee approved a funding bill for 2016. The bill is still in draft form until the full report is prepared for full committee deliberation.

The House draft avoids some of the controversial cuts of the recent past although it’s still de-funds […]

Appropriations Update: Labor-HHS Up This Week

The House Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a Labor-HHS appropriations bill for FY 2016 on Wednesday.  Any real debate is likely to be delayed for the full committee later in the week or month.

As of last week the House had sent six appropriations bills to the Senate:  Commerce-State-Justice (HR 2578), Energy and Water (HR 2028), Legislative Branch (HR 2250), […]

Ways and Means Committee Hearing, Ramp Up for ACA Fight?

On Wednesday, June 10, the House Ways and Means Committee held what was to be the Committee’s annual review of the Administration’s proposed changes for HHS (including proposals addressing child welfare) but instead the event may be a precursor for a coming fight over health care reform.  With the Supreme Court in the last weeks of its session, a […]

Appropriations Update, Challenge in Senate

Late last week the House of Representatives was working on the Transportation,  Housing and Urban Development and other agencies (THUD) appropriations bill trying to make it the fourth bill to pass the House. There are twelve appropriations bills (and an annual Defense Department reauthorization that gets adopted at the same time) that need to be passed when the process […]

Groups Endorse Administration Budget Ideas

A letter in support of the President’s budget request for greater funding in some child welfare services has collected over 160 organizational sign-ons.  The Administration’s FY 2016 budget request includes a number of proposals including the expansion of services to help prevent foster care placements as well as some limited funding for post-permanence funding.  The budget request also includes […]

Finance Committee Examines Congregate Care

 

On Tuesday, May 19, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the use of congregate care. The hearing was titled, “No Place to Grow Up: How to Safely Reduce Reliance on Foster Care Group Homes.” The hearing focused on the desire to make sure that children do not grow up or stay in what is generally referred to […]