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
|New Access Points Funding
HRSA announces the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program. The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.
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