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Congress and White House Address Formula Shortage

This week, Congress and the White House took steps to address the nationwide baby formula shortage, seeking to ease the burden especially for families with low incomes and those who need hypoallergenic formula for babies with milk allergies. On Wednesday, May 18th, the House passed the Access to Baby Formula Act, a bill led by

New Child Care Proposal on the Table

On Monday, May 16th, 2022, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) officially announced their revamped child care and early learning reconciliation proposal. As we wrote last week, this proposal is roughly half the size of the original child care proposal in Build Back Better and largely focuses on expanding funding through the Child

FDA Commissioner Testifies about Budget, Formula Shortage

On Thursday, May 19th, 2022, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee held its hearing, “Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration,” with FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf. Although the hearing was intended to focus on the budget, the biggest topic of conversation was the

GAO Report: Supporting LGBTQ, Religious Youth in Foster Care

On Friday, May 20th, the Government Accountability Office released its new report, “Foster Care: Further Assistance from HHS Would be Helpful in Supporting Youth's LGBTQ+ Identities and Religious Beliefs.” The report concluded that a majority of states have nondiscrimination protections for youth in foster care, but selected states and stakeholders identified challenges supporting youth with

HHS and CMS Announce Monthly Series for Medicaid Unwinding

On Wednesday, May 25th at 12:00 PM ET, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host the first of a monthly partner education series on Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding. Over the COVID-19 public health emergency, the federal government eased rules to prevent

Senate Democrats Revamp Child Care Proposal

Last weekend, on Sunday, May 9th, 2022, Politico reported that Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) is in the process of pitching a new child care proposal to the rest of the Democratic party, taking a bold step to keep child care in the conversation about a potential reconciliation

Legislative Briefing on Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care Bills

On May 11th, 2022, a briefing titled “Supporting Higher Education Success for Youth With Experience in Foster Care and Homelessness: A Briefing on Four Legislative Proposals that Can Make A Difference,” was hosted by Schoolhouse Connection, John Burton Advocates for Youth and the Youth Law Center, in collaboration with the offices of Representative Danny Davis

Representative Walorski and Former First Lady Melania Trump on Foster Care Month

On May 4th, in an op-ed for Fox News, Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and former First Lady Melania Trump highlighted National Foster Care Month, calling on Americans to support families and give older youth in foster care the tools they need to thrive as they transition to independence. They noted legislation that increased support for

Administration Announces Efforts to Address Infant Formula Shortage

This week, the White House made several statements regarding the shortage of infant formula across the nation. On Feb. 17, the agency warned consumers not to use certain powdered infant formula products from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility, and Abbott initiated a voluntary recall of certain products. On Monday, May 10th, 2022, the White House

Children’s Bureau Talks Foster Care and Mental Health

In recognition of both National Foster Care Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, the Children's Bureau (CB) hosted a virtual event on Wednesday, May 11, at 5:00pm ET, to discuss the "intersection of family separation, trauma, and triumph." Panelists were: Aysha E. Schomburg, Associate Commissioner, CB Nicole Childers, foster care lived experience and executive editor

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