CDC Data Indicates Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19

On Monday, June 15, 2020, the CDC released data on the impact of the coronavirus. Among the 1,761,503 aggregate cases reported to CDC during January 22–May 30, individual case reports for 1,406,098 were submitted to CDC case surveillance. After exclusions, data for 1,320,488 (94%) cases were analyzed. The data was broken out by racial and

HHS Releases $25 Billion to Hospitals

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, HHS released an additional $25 billion in relief funding to some hospitals and other health care providers. The release comes after building pressure on the Administration to release more of the $175 billion in health care relief funding that had been provided in earlier COVID-19 legislation. HHS has had great

State of Babies Yearbook 2020

On Thursday, June 11, Zero to Three released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020, a comprehensive report and advocacy tool that tells the story of how the United States’ babies are faring and provides a clear view of the significant disparities in opportunity for the youngest children throughout the country. Speakers included Myra Jones-Taylor from

Hospitals Call on HHS To Release More Funds

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the American Hospital Association asked the Administration to release $50 billion in federal funding that they already control. The letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urged HHS to distribute additional funds not just to all hospitals, but to “hot spot” hospitals and hospitals serving high numbers of Medicaid and uninsured

How COVID-19 is Impacting Kids in Juvenile Detention Facilities

In response to a bipartisan group of Senators, national youth justice advocates, and other stakeholders urging the Justice Department to outline ways to prevent infections, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) issued disappointing guidance to state juvenile detention and correctional facilities. The guidance is counter to the CDC’s recommended public health measures

Remembering the 100,000 Lives Lost to Coronavirus in America

The front page of the New York Times paid tribute to the 100,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in America, “an Incalculable Loss.” The New York Times reported that “toward the end of May in the year 2020, the number of people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus passed 100,000 –almost

State Relief by Increasing FMAP for Medicaid and Title IV-E

Last week, CWLA’s members urged Congress to pass another emergency supplemental bill that expands the current level of federal support for state and territorial Medicaid and child welfare programs. In the Families First COVID-19 emergency supplemental bill, Congress acted swiftly to provide a much-needed 6.2 percentage increase in the FMAP. As the pandemic increases the

Joint ACF & HRSA Letter to Promote Family Strengthening

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a joint letter to promote family strengthening and virtual primary prevention during COVID-19 and beyond. As federal agencies with a collective mission to improve the health, economic, and social well-being of children and families

Bipartisan Senate Bill Not In Line With Current Leadership Plans

Last week, bills were introduced in both houses with bipartisan support that would provide state and local governments with $500 billion in additional fiscal relief despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying he wants to wait on any additional help. S 3752 is sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) along with Senator Bill Cassidy

House Lays Down Marker Bill-Relief Package, Federal Reserve Calls for More Relief

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the House of Representatives leadership introduced new legislation they called “The Heroes Act (H.R.6800).” The legislation provides approximately $3 trillion in appropriations and other funding for state and local governments and offers direct support to individuals. Despite the various names of the coronavirus relief legislation, this bill represents the fifth

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