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Subcommittee Looks at Disconnected Youth, Could Set Up Budget Cuts

On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Human Resources conducted an oversight hearing labeled, Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults to Break the Cycle of Poverty.  The hearing focused on private and non-profit strategies to move young people into the education and workforce systems.  Subcommittee Chair Adrian Smith (R-NE) said, “There is an alarming trend happening

Analysis Shows States Losses Under House Medicaid Cap

A new study by the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution shows states would be losing more than $17 billion in Medicaid spending through the per capita cap if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) had been in effect. The analysis, Effects of the Medicaid Per Capita Cap Included in the House-Passed American

Home Visiting Coalition Seeking National, State and Local Sign-Ons

The Home Visiting Coalition, which CWLA belongs to, is circulating a sign-on letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for a period of five (5) years with a doubling of funding from $400 million annually to $800 million annually. The Coalition

Quality Child Care Shows Long Term Results

By Shellie Parrish Quality child care for disadvantaged children can result in significant economic and social gains later in life according to new research.  The conclusion is the result of new findings by Professor James Heckman, University of Chicago. The study displayed the correlation between access to quality child care and earned income of children

Senators Re-Introduce the Connect Act

  Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) have reintroducing a bill that is intended to help states identify children who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (dual status children and youth). The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams or CONNECT Act would authorize competitive grants to

Domestic Violence and Impact on Health and Well Being

On Tuesday May 2, there was a Capitol Hill briefing, Public Health Crisis: Solutions to Violence and Abuse focused on the impact of domestic violence over a lifetime. The briefing was cohosted by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse and Futures Without Violence. Speakers included representatives from the Centers on Disease Control and

Urban Institute Examines State Spending on Children

Last week the Urban Institute released new research comparing the disparity between states when it comes to state spending on children.   According to study author, Julie Isaacs, “These wide disparities in public investment raise concerns about whether children nationwide are on equal footing…Though children’s outcomes are affected by many factors, health and education outcomes tend

Researchers Discuss Increased White Mortality Rates

On Thursday, March 23, two Princeton University researchers and economists expanded on their recent work on what appears to be a real trend of increased mortality rates among some lower income, less-than-college educated white populations. The findings were discussed at the Brookings Institute. The paper Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century by Anne Case

Senate Aging Committee Focuses on Opioid Addiction

On Tuesday, March 21, the Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a re-scheduled hearing on, Grandparents to the Rescue: Raising Grandchildren in the Opioid Crisis and Beyond. Committee Chairperson Susan Collins (R-ME) opened the hearing by pointing out that in her state of Maine nearly 1,000 or eight percent of all births – were born

Administration Budget Heavy On Cuts And Criticism

The President’s proposed budget for discretionary spending for 2018 landed with a crash as it includes dramatic cuts across agencies and departments as a way to pay for increases to the Pentagon. The proposal was released on Thursday, March16 and applies to the discretionary portion of federal spending with the rest to be published with