This Week in CHCACTion
May 14, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Legislative Session Wrap-Up
Last Wednesday, May 9th, was the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session for the Connecticut General Assembly. Here's a brief update of some of the relevant policy issues that were addressed this session:
The State Budget: Legislators passed revisions to the FY '19 state budget (which starts on July 1) on a broad bipartisan basis. There are no new or increased taxes in the budget. On the spending side:
- School-based health centers (SBHCs) will receive slightly less than anticipated for FY '19, but more than had previously been recommended.
- The Medicare Savings Program, a Medicaid program that provides "wrap-around" coverage for low-income Medicare enrollees, was fully restored. The program had been slated to be cut dramatically on July 1, which would have negatively impacted over 110,000 older adults and persons with disabilities.
- HUSKY A for Parents/Caretaker Relatives was fully restored as well, ensuring that 13,500 parents/relatives will not lose access to this comprehensive health care program.
Policy Issues: A few of the policy issues that CHCACT followed throughout the session passed the legislature and, as of this writing, are on their way to the governor's desk for his signature:
- Public Act 18-10 codifies the 10 essential health benefits of the Affordable Care Act into Connecticut state law. This means that, even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, many Connecticut residents will still have these benefits covered.
- House Bill 5163 requires certain school children to receive an oral health assessment, which can be conducted by a dental professional or primary care provider who has received special training. Oral health assessments are one way to begin the conversation around the importance of oral health with kids and their guardians.
Thank you to all of you who advocated this legislative session! Please contact me for more information on these or other issues. The next legislative session begins in January, 2019.
This Week in Social Media
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@AmeriCorps Member Spotlight. This week we are highlighting the service of Emily LeGeyt, serving at First Choice Health Centers! http://www.chcact.org/about/stich/americorps-alumni-spotlight/emily-legeyt/ … @ServeCT @NationalService 14 May 2018
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|New Markets Tax Credits Readiness Support
Community Health Center Capital Fund will award up to seven qualified health centers with grants of $20,000-$50,000 each to support technical assistance provided by Capital Link. To date, Capital Link has assisted health centers in raising more than $614 million through NMTC—more than half of all funds raised through the NMTC program for FQHCs.
We are accepting applications from health centers planning capital projects of $5 million or more for which they intend to seek NMTC financing in 2019 and 2020.
Please contact NMTCreadiness@chc-capitalfund.org with any questions.
|School-Based Health Center Capital Program
|Voter Engagement Grants
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has released a Request for Proposals for grants in support of nonpartisan voter registration and engagement activity. The focus of this initiative is to engage people in communities that are under-represented in the health care conversation in order to impact the public debate on health care in the upcoming election cycle.
All voter registration, education and engagement activities and related materials are nonpartisan and are in no way intended to reflect an endorsement of, or opposition to, any candidate, political party or political action committee.
|New/Innovative Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this to develop and test new and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy, promote healthy adolescence and address youth sexual risk holistically to result in healthy decision making and future thriving by enhancing protective factors with youth, with supplementary focus possible at the systems-level and/or with families and/or caregivers. Projects are expected to have high potential to enhance protective factors shown to improve the health of adolescents aged 10-19. Projects will be funded to evaluate and test programs or strategies to improve adolescent health and address youth sexual risk holistically by focusing on protective factors.
|Replicating/Scaling Up Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to replicate and scale up programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in the prevention of risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy. The overall goal is to promote healthy adolescence and to address youth sexual risk holistically or across the interrelated factors that promote optimal health and result in healthy decision-making and teen pregnancy prevention.
This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
5.10.18 The Day — Approved State Bill Would Give Norwich Nonprofits Reprieve in Tax-Exempt Filing Deadline
5.10.18 Register Citizen — Torrington ‘Mother’s Day Beauty Bag’ project helps area women (feat. Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington)
5.10.18 Hartford Courant — Hartford Foundation Supports Opioid Education for Medical Providers (feat. CHCACT)
5.8.18 Norwich Bulletin — Hundreds Hear Ex-NBA Player’s Story of Overcoming Addiction (feat. UCFS)
5.11.18 CT NewsJunkie — Analysis: Legislative Triage – The Winners & Losers from Legislative Session
5.10.18 CT Health I-Team — Sickle Cell Patients Suffer as Disparities in Care and Research Persist
5.9.18 CT Mirror — Legislature Overwhelmingly Enacts Bipartisan CT Budget
5.9.18 CT Mirror — Drug-Price Transparency Bill Passes Legislature With No Dissent
5.9.18 Hartford Business Journal — Report: CT Health System Ranks High
5.9.18 WNPR — Seeing Things Differently: Racial Disparities in Autism Diagnoses
5.8.18 CT NewsJunkie — Senate Sends Essential Health Benefits Bill to Malloy
5.8.18 CT NewsJunkie — Bill Allowing Uninsured Pregnant Women to Purchase Insurance Headed to Gov
5.8.18 Kaiser Health News — How the Farm Bill Could Erode Part of the ACA
5.11.18 Kaiser Health News — Trump Vows the Lower Prescription Drug Prices, But Skeptics Doubt Much Will Change
5.11.18 Kaiser Health News — Under Trump Proposal, Lawful Immigrants Might Be Inclined To Shun Health Benefits
5.10.18 NPR — For Every Woman who Dies in Childbirth in the US, 70 More Come Close
5.10.18 NY Times — Consumers Struggle to Find Epi-Pens
5.10.18 NY Times — Antibiotics May Raise the Risk for Kidney Stones
5.8.18 Kaiser Health News — Four Takeaways from Trump’s Plan to Rescind CHIP Funding