Two Maternal Mortality Bills Move Forward in the House of Representatives

The Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives recently passed the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (HR 4995) and Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act out of committee. The first bill will provide funds for rural obstetric care, and the second bill will encourage states to lengthen Medicaid coverage for new mothers. Both bills aim to reverse the unacceptable level of maternal mortality in the US. As of 2014, there were 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births, double the figure from ten years before. These bills will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

Source: APHSA

Family First Clearinghouse Update

Recently, the Family First Clearinghouse announced a new rating available for Motivational Interviewing.  Motivational Interviewing is rated well-supported by evidence. The Clearinghouse has released a working list of the next programs and services planned for systematic review. Visit the Clearinghouse’s FAQ page to learn more about other services that are soon to be rated. Particular consideration was given to programs and services recommended by state or local government administrators, those rated by other clearinghouses, those recommended by federal partners, and those evaluated as part of grants supported by the Children’s Bureau. The working list of the next services planned for review include:

Mental Health:

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up [also listed under in-home parent skill-based]
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy [also listed under substance abuse and in-home parent-skill based]
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy
  • Incredible Years
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy [also listed under substance abuse and in-home parent-skill based]
  • Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Substance Abuse:

  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy
  • Family Behavior Therapy
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy [also listed under mental health and in-home parent skill-based]
  • Seeking Safety
  • The Seven Challenges

In-home Parent Skill-based:

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up [also listed under mental health]
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy [also listed under mental health and substance abuse]
  • Homebuilders
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy [also listed under mental health and substance abuse]
  • Nurturing Parenting
  • SafeCare
  • Solution Based Casework

Kinship Navigator:

  • Ohio's Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO
  • YMCA Kinship Support Services, YMCA Youth and Family Services of San Diego County

Bill Supporting Youth Aging out of Foster Care Passes in the House of Representatives

This week, the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019 passed in the House of Representatives. The bill would direct federal housing assistance – in the form of three year housing vouchers – to youth aging out of foster care by improving coordination between child welfare agencies and the Department of Urban Development and its local Public Housing Authorities. For foster youth engaged in a self-sufficiency program or higher education, the bill would also allow the vouchers to be extended up to two years. The bill will now be considered by the Senate.

Source: APHSA

Obamacare Enrollment Lagging

In the 38 states that use the federal Healthcare.gov website, enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans from Nov 1 to Nov 23, 2019 was 2% lower than during the same time period in 2018. The Trump administration slashed the ACA’s outreach and advertising budget by 90% and cut its enrollment assistance funding by 80%. According to Joshua Peck, the co-founder of Get America Covered, only 5% of the uninsured population even knows about the open enrollment deadline on Dec 15. By contrast, an analysis from the America Action Forum argues that, since unemployment is lower than last year, more people are signing up for employer-sponsored insurance rather than for plans on the individual marketplace. Another factor is the rollout of short-term plans, which the Trump Administration approved in Oct 2018. These plans, which are not required to provide comprehensive benefits like ACA plans are, do not count toward ACA enrollment numbers. More concrete analyses will be made once the deadline passes on Dec 15.

Source: Bloomberg Government

2020 Census Update

George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy recently released a series of reports that highlights the role of the Census on the distribution of federal funds for key programs and services that impact community-based organizations and the people we serve.

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