This Week in CHCACTion!
November 12, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week, Connecticut residents came out to the polls to vote for a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor, new Constitutional officers, new state legislators, new Congresspeople and a US Senator. With a turnout of 66%, as well as tens of thousands of newly registered voters, this was the highest turnout in a non-Presidential election since 1990.
Voters cited health care and the economy as top issues for them here in Connecticut and across the country. With those in mind, here are a few of the election results:
- Here in Connecticut, Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz will be the new Governor and Lieutenant Governor, beginning January 9th. The team’s health care plan can be read here. Rounding out the Constitutional officers will be Secretary of the State Denise Merrill (returning), State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (returning), Attorney General William Tong, and State Treasurer Shawn Wooden.
- On the legislative side, the Democrats made gains in both chambers. With a few seats left to be recounted, the State Senate will have 23-24 Democrats and 12-13 Republicans, while the House is slated to have 90 Democrats and 58 Republicans, with three seats to be recounted. All four legislative leaders were re-elected to their positions – Martin Looney as the Senate President Pro Tempore, Len Fasano as the Senate Minority Leader, Themis Klarides as the House Minority Leader, and Joe Aresimowicz as the Speaker of the House (please note that Speaker Aresimowicz’s election currently is in recount).
- For Congress, US Senator Chris Murphy was re-elected, as were US Representatives John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes. Jahana Hayes was elected as the new Congressperson for the 5th District. Some of our Representatives are in line for subcommittee leadership positions, including Congresswoman DeLauro (Agriculture Subcommittee of Appropriations), Congressman Larson (Social Security Subcommittee of Ways & Means) and Congressman Courtney (Seapower & Projection Forces Subcommittee of Armed Services).
- Nationally, Republicans gained seats in the US Senate and Democrats took control of the US House. A few seats remain to be recounted. Practically speaking, the Democrats’ control of the House can serve as a check/balance of proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CHCACT will continue to monitor administrative proposals and changes to the ACA.
The next legislative session begins in January, and CHCACT will keep you abreast of issues as they arise. Additionally, we are always seeking health center leaders, staff, patients, board members and partners to tell their stories and assist with advocacy efforts. If you’d like to get involved with advocacy, get in touch!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Connecticut Health & Education Facilities Authority Nonprofit Grant Program
The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA or Authority) provides access to tax-exempt financing and other financial assistance to educational institutions, healthcare providers, childcare providers and other eligible not-for-profit entities.
The Authority is accepting proposals in the areas of child care, cultural, education and health care for:
|Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for community health centers. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to pilot a breastfeeding support model for CHCs and a technical assistance project to help CHCs explore and adopt policy, system and environmental solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve.
|School-Based Health Center RFP
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, School Based Health Center (SBHC) services that may include: outreach, primary care, mental/behavioral health, dental health care and health promotion/education at one school in East Hartford, and one school anywhere in Connecticut. Services are expected to begin on or before March 1, 2019.
|Community Foundation of Eastern CT
The Community Foundation of Eastern CT has a variety of grants for health and social service projects that impact youth and adults in Eastern CT.
|American Savings Foundation Community Grants
The American Savings Foundation will fund direct service grants for education, human services, and arts and culture in its 64-town service area.
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!
11.6.18 New Haven Independent — The Dentist Comes to School
11.11.18 New Haven Register — $3.68 Million Grant Brightens Health Outlook for 6 New Haven Communities
11.8.18 CT Health I-Team — Post 9/11 Veterans Suffering From PTSD And Nation’s Indifference
11.8.18 Hartford Business Journal — CVS Provides More Hints of Reimagined Health Care Post-Aetna Merger
11.7.18 Governing — What the Midterms Mean for Health Care
11.6.18 CT Viewpoints — America’s Health Care 2018: Your Call Does Not Matter
11.10.18 USA Today — FDA to Limit Sale of Sweet-Flavored e-Cigarettes in Hope of Curbing Teen Vaping Epidemic
11.9.18 Kaiser Health News — New Contractor For Food Stamps Upsets Cart For Farmers Markets
11.6.18 Governing — Giving More Women the Choice Not to Get Pregnant