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CWLA Comments To Commission on Opioids

Last week, CWLA submitted comments to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The comments focus on how the Commission needs to include certain actions that can help address the drug epidemic’s impact on child welfare. On July 31, the Commission, Chaired by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) released an interim report

Home Visiting Gets Boost from Senate

On Tuesday, September 19, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the “Strong Families Act of 2017,” reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The legislation was also co-sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Casey (D-PA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). It

Home Visiting  Moves In Committee on Partisan Vote

On Wednesday morning and evening, the House Ways and Means Committee debated and passed a re-authorization of the home visiting program. The legislation, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, named the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (H.R. 2824) passed on a party-line vote. Despite

New Census Data Shows Some Progress on Poverty, Health Care in 2016

On Wednesday, September 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on poverty and health care coverage for the year 2016.  According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 18 percent of children in the U.S. were living in poverty in 2016.  While that is a slight improvement over the previous year children continue

House Home Visiting Vote Possible this Week

The House Ways and Means Committee may meet this Wednesday to mark up a bill to reauthorize the home visiting program.  Two House bills have been introduced to extend the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program which runs out on September 30.  The Republican bill (The Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act)

HHS Appropriations for FY 2018 Adopted By Bipartisan Senate Committee

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week the Senate Appropriations Committee acted on their version of an FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education bill.  Now that the Congress has approved (on Friday) a CR that extends all FY 2018 funding until December 8, this bill will serve as a negotiating point with the House and Administration. The bill,

Center on American Progress: Child Care Deserts

  Last week Wednesday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report that details the lack of child care services in 22 states.  Titled, Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts, the report analyzes the locations of licensed child care providers in 22 states, covering two-thirds of the U.S. population, and finds that approximately half of

CBO: Cut-Off of Subsidies Reduces Coverage, Increases Costs to Government

For now, the President will permit the latest installment of insurance cost-sharing subsidies through the Affordable Care Act.  That is important for now, because the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined there would be significant problems in insurance coverage and significant costs to the federal government if the President pursues his threat to cut off

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

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