Washington Insider: 2009

Joint Letter Endorses Increased Funding for CAPTA

The Alliance for Children and Families and its member agencies joined several hundred national, state, and local organizations in calling on President Obama to fully fund the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act in his fiscal year 2011 budget. The letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag can be found online.

Medicaid Provisions in Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a very good brief on the Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program provisions in the various health care reform bills. All of the bills would substantially expand Medicaid and include coverage of mental health and substance abuse treatment services. For those interested in health care for Medicaid populations, it’s well worth a look.

Slow Implementation for New Fostering Connections Child Welfare Law

Youth Today ran a story in its most recent issue suggesting that the combined slowness of administration appointments and the slow confirmation process in the U.S. Senate has slowed down the implementation of several recently enacted laws, including the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act of 2008.

States are asking for guidance, but the Children’s Bureau has been slow with answers.

According to Youth Today: … more

Prospects Unclear for Public Option in Health Care Reform

Two votes cast in the Senate Finance Committee on September 29 appeared to reduce the chances for the creation of a government-operated “public option” in comprehensive health care reform legislation that is now before Congress. The committee voted down two public option proposals, the first offered by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and the second by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Proponents argue the setback is temporary. … more

Home Visitation Funding Moves in Health Reform

The House and Senate health care reform bills both contain language that would provide funding for home visiting. Home visiting provides supportive services to low income families in their homes, with a focus on children’s health, parenting skills, and school readiness.

The primary House health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) includes language creating a new entitlement (Title IV-B, Subpart 3 of the Social Security Act) that would provide an estimated $750 million in spending over five years for home visiting programs. It is structurally similar to the Early Support for Families Act (H.R. 2667), introduced by Reps. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Danny Davis (D-IL) and Todd Platts (R-PA). … more

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