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HHS Halts CLASS Act

On Friday, October 15, the Obama administration decided to halt plans to implement the long-term care program created by the 2010 health care law after determining that financing plans were not sufficient.  For more information, please click here. Read More »

HHS announces record number of National Health Service Corps members

On October 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the number of participants in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has nearly tripled to more than 10,000 National Corps members nationwide. Established in 1972, the National Health Service Corps, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has provided health care ... Read More »

Reject Cuts to Medicaid

Join Families USA in urging Members on the Super Committee to reject any cuts to Medicaid as they consider how to reduce the nation’s deficit. Please feel free to use and share the toll-free number:  1-866-922-4970. The number will connect to the Capitol Switchboard.   Families USA Talking Points: Medicaid, Deficit Reduction and the “Super Committee”.  Also read NASW’s letter ... Read More »

News from the Hill – October 2011

Federal Budget Update The House of Representatives voted on a continuing resolution to carry 2012 federal spending after the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.  The stop gap funding measure continues funds until November 18, 2011, at a reduced rate across-the-board of 1.409% below FY 2011 spending levels, cutting spending for the first seven weeks of the ... Read More »

BBC to Report on Child Abuse Fatalities in the United States—October 10, 2011

Due to the work of numerous children’s advocacy groups, including the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (NCECAD), the issue of child abuse and neglect deaths in the United States is beginning to attract both national and international media attention, as well as the attention of Congress. For example, provisions related to compiling information on child maltreatment deaths is ... Read More »

President Signs Key Child Welfare Legislation into Law

On September 30, President Obama president signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act that reauthorizes two important child welfare programs – Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services (STJCWS) for 5 years. The law also renews waiver authority so states can test various approaches to serving children at ... Read More »

Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act Passes the House

On September 21, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, HR 2883, overwhelmingly passed in House of Representatives. This bill amends title IV part B (Child and Family Services) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to extend through FY2016 the authorization of appropriations for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program. It also revises requirements for child ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act-18 Months Later

September 23 marked the 18 – month anniversary since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). New census numbers showed 500,000 more young adults have insurance than last year because of the ACA provision that lets parents keep their children on their plans until they are 26 years old. In addition, 18.9 million seniors have already taken advantage of ... Read More »

HHS Webinar on Home Visiting Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Children’s Bureau is sponsoring a webinar for home visiting programs and partner organizations Thursday, September 22, 2011, titled “Partnerships and Collaboration in Home Visiting:  Critical Issues in Serving Families with Substance Use Disorders”, for 3:00-4:30 pm EST/ 12:00-1:30 pm PST. The webinar intends to address issues regarding the important linkages between ... Read More »

Continuing Resolution Vote Soon

On September 14, the House Rules Committee filed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government after the 2011 Fiscal Year expires on September 30th. The CR will run until November 18, 2011 and funds the government at a level of $1.043 trillion, as established by the Budget Control Act (the debt ceiling agreement). This spending level is about $7 ... Read More »