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Congressional Budget Office Calculates Impact of ACA Repeal

On Tuesday, CBO released, How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums. A report that suggested a dramatic impact on people if the law is repealed without a replacement. On Friday, as one of his first acts, President Trump signed a broad executive order directing all federal agencies

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

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)

HHS Releases Final Regulations on AFCARS

On Wednesday, December 14, HHS published final regulations for the updated Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) regulations and requirements.  AFCARS data reported by states annually helps to build a profile of the “child welfare” population by producing annual numbers on children in out-of-home (foster) care, adoptions and youth aging out to

Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and Treatment Act Falls by Wayside

The Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and Treatment Act (JJDPA), a program that seeks to prevent juvenile incarceration through prevention efforts and better and more appropriate sentencing fell short late in the week. The last time the JJDPA was reauthorized was in 2002 with the current programs operating without an authorization since 2007.   In July, the

Congressman Tom Price Selected as Next HHS Secretary

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) was nominated by President-Elect Donald Trump to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Congressman Price was a practicing doctor before he entered politics.  He has been a major supporter of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  In the past, he has introduced his own proposal that is

Likely Two Reconciliations Next Year, ACA Repeal and Delay

It appears more likely that there will be two reconciliation measures next year.  The first will be implemented through an FY 2017 budget resolution so that it can be used early in the year.  The second would be implemented through a budget resolution for 2018. The first reconciliation will likely be used to repeal the

The Cost of Health Care as We Enter Another Reform Debate

Shortly before the election the increases in the average premium costs under the ACA captured national attention.  Premiums rose on average by more than 20 percent with increases ranging from 145 percent in Arizona ($507 per month) to a low of – 4 percent in Indiana ($286 per month).  But all the focus was on

Some of Key Points of Surgeon General on Substance Abuse

Although crowed out by the election, Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy’s report on substance abuse, Facing Addiction in America, offers a detailed roadmap to expanding this nation’s strategy on addressing the ever-present problem of substance use.  The Surgeon General said, “the reason I'm issuing this report is I want to call our country to action