Health

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Study Shows Potential Expanded Coverage & Revenue For States Under ACA

A new study by the Urban Institute, The Cost to States of Not Expanding Medicaid indicates that states could leverage a significant amount of funding by expanding health care services through the ACA while expanding insurance coverage by 4 to 5 million people.  The ACA expanded Medicaid coverage to people at 138 percent of poverty.  The expanded coverage is completely [...]

CWLA Holds Annual Conference To Address Substance Use

WE WILL BE BACK NEXT ON AUGUST 22-- On Monday, August 1 the Child Welfare League of America opened its annual 2016 conference, What Works for Families Affected by Substance Use, in Orange county, California. Orange county, as the sixth largest county in the country with over 800,000 children, was an appropriate setting for the event that focused on best [...]

Plenary Sessions Outline the challenges and Needed Responses

More than 550 attendees at the CWLA Conference were welcomed by opening remarks of Commissioner Rafael Lopez, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), HHS.  Lopez offered praise to the many participants made up of state and local agencies and service providers.  In his first day comments he said that what was most important and effective is to “help families [...]

Discussion on Plans of Safe Care

The “CARA” legislation under title five includes amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) regarding a plan of safe care for infants exposed to substances.  It does not reauthorize CAPTA but amends current provisions around a plan of safe care. The plan of safe care for infants requires a state that receives part of the $26 million [...]

Details on CARA Act-Drug Legislation

The final conference report on the “CARA” legislation includes changes under nine titles.  Its emphasis, unlike past anti-drug initiatives, is more on prevention and treatment. It is a distance from some of the efforts of the 1980s when crack-cocaine was attracting all the attention in regard to substance use.  Actions then and into the 1990s were more focused on interdiction [...]

New Evidence On Effectiveness Of Teen Pregnancy Prevention

On Friday the Office on Adolescent Health (OAH) released the results of 41 rigorous evaluations on the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention programs.  The studies, 90 percent of which were randomized controlled trials between 2010 through 2015, is expected to offer a significant contribution to the field’s knowledge of where, when, and with whom programs are effective.  The findings provide [...]

Families First Status Discussions Continue

Holding Pattern in Senate Last week efforts to adopt the House version of the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456) (Conference Report 114-628) continued but success has stalled—at least temporarily.  By week’s end the only thing that was clear is that they had not yet reached unanimous support for the bill and passing it.  Senate unanimous consent is the [...]

Congress Works On Drug and Mental Health Acts—Includes CAPTA Changes—In Last Days

Squeezed in between last week’s presidential politics, the House and Senate were trying to work out final deals on mental health and drug legislation. House-Senate Conferees agreed to a bill or conference report on the “CARA” legislation although the Democrats were holding out for increased appropriations that would fund the new provisions.  The House adopted the conference report on Friday [...]

House Subcommittee Approves Labor-HHS Bill

On Thursday the House Subcommittee on Appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS) approved a bill that reduces spending below current year funding and attaches a number of provisions the President would reject. Overall the bill provides $161.6 billion which is a cut of $569 million below this year.  It is also $2.8 billion [...]

Hill Briefing Discusses Evidence-Based Approaches to Drug Treatment

On Friday afternoon, June 24, the National Prevention Science Coalition sponsored a briefing, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic on Multiple Fronts by Leveraging Empirical Evidence.  Panelists included Scott P Novak, RTI International, Terrence Watson, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and Kenzie Preston, National Institute of Drug Abuse. Dr. Novak presented some of the history of the recent increase in opioid [...]