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Long List For Fall as Congress Leaves

The Senate cut short their extended work schedule on Thursday when they finished work on several nominations including some from HHS.  They will be out until after Labor Day.  When Congress returns in September they will have a long list of items many that must be addressed by the end of the month or at

Next Steps on Health Care: Repair or Forget It

Last week’s debate and fire on repealing the Affordable Care Act was bookended by two narrow votes of 50 to 51 and 49 to 50 with three senators being the key actors.  In between the fewer than a dozen votes cast it became clear that a replacement plan was not possible and any reforms or

Home Visiting Groups Continue Looking for Support

Last week Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) announced the introduction of a second House bill to reauthorize the home visiting program.  The HomeVisiting Works Act of  2017 would extend the program for an additional five years and, similar to the goals of the Home Visiting Coalition, it would gradually increase funding to $800 million in year

Childhood Trauma: Implications for Child Welfare

On Wednesday, July 26, Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) sponsored a briefing on trauma and its impact on children.  The briefing was supported by Building Community Resilience, Redstone Center at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice. The session included remarks by briefing sponsor Congressman

Presidential Commission on Opioids Holds Next Session After Delay

The second of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis will be held via teleconference on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EST. The Commission, Chaired by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is behind schedule. It met for the first time on Friday, June 16. The Commission was established to develop interim

House Appropriations: More Cuts for HHS

On Thursday, July 13, the House Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education approved an appropriations bill that would cut FY 2017 funding by an additional $5 billion.  While it provides an increase of $1.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), rejecting the President’s request of severe cuts, it does little else for human

Child Care Aware Campaign

CWLA is part of the Child Care NOW! campaign led by the Woman’s National Law Center.  The Child Care NOW campaign joins together child care advocates and allies to focus on raising awareness among policymakers and the public about the child care challenges facing America today, including affordability, quality, and provider compensation. The campaign provides tools

Forum Discusses Opioids

On Thursday, July 13, Roll Call publications sponsored a forum on Fighting the Opioid Crisis. The forum included introductory remarks by David Hawkings, Senior Congressional Editor of Roll Call, David Cordani, President and CEO, Cigna, sponsor of the event, a discussion with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), a discussion on current

Home Visiting Groups Looking for Support

Last week the Home Visiting Coalition focused on building grassroots support for the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV).  With the authorization expiring on September 30 and no action yet, the National Home Visiting Coalition has been working to step up action on MIECHV. MIECHV still enjoys strong, bipartisan support, on and off the

Home Visiting Groups Looking for Support

The Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017.  The Home Visiting Coalition is asking for advocates to help build grassroots support. Last week, the coalition was informed that the MIECHV Reauthorization Bill had not been moved to markup for a committee vote this week because