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Notes from Washington

Transportation Bill Advances; Emergency Preparedness Reauthorization Introduced
November 2011

As the Supercommittee continued efforts to hammer out a deficit reduction deal, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed its transportation reauthorization and a Senate bill to reauthorize public health emergency preparedness was introduced.

FY12 Appropriations Process and ACA Grant Funding Announcements
October 2011

The FY12 appropriations process for funding the government proceeded and the Department of Health and Human Services made a number of announcements about grant funding from the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama Declares September "National Prevention Month"
September 2011
President Obama signed a proclamation to make September "National Prevention Month." Federal funding for health and human services remains stalled in the final month of the fiscal year.

Debt Reduction Deal Reached and Clinical Preventive Services for Women Approved
August 2011
Congress and the White House reached agreement on a debt reduction deal that has implications for future public health spending. HHS approved a set of required clinical preventive services for women to be covered without cost sharing.

Federal Funding Update and Compendium of NACCHO Policies
July 2011

Battles over federal spending continue in July as the President and Congress try to agree on a path forward to raise the debt ceiling. NACCHO produces a compendium of all current policy recommendations, categorized by topic.

Surgeon General Releases National Prevention Strategy; FY11 and FY12 Funding Updates
June 2011
The surgeon general released the first National Prevention Strategy, with an overarching goal to increase the number of healthy Americans at every stage of life.  NACCHO continues to meet with the administration and Congress and advocate for local health department and public health preparedness funding.

House Continues Piecemeal Cuts to Health Reform Law
May 2011
Congress continues discussions about further spending cuts and deficit reduction. The House of Representatives votes to cut additional provisions of the health reform law.

Congress Completes FY11 Spending Plan; Attention Moves to Cuts for FY12
April 2011
In April, Congress finally passed a plan to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year and attention turned to the next budget year which starts October 1. The Prevention and Public Health Fund continued to come under attack.

House Takes Aim at Mandatory Spending; New NACCHO Director of Government Affairs
March 2011
In March, Republicans in the House of Representatives signaled their intention to cut mandatory spending programs created by the Affordable Care Act, including the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Laura Hanen, MPP, formerly of the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors, joined NACCHO staff as Director of Government Affairs.

House Proposes Deep Cuts; Presidents FY12 Budget Released
February 2011
The House of Representatives has passed deep cuts to domestic discretionary programs, including a substantial cut to public health programs. The President released his FY12 budget, which makes cuts to public health emergency preparedness, eliminates the Preventive Health Block Grant and funds a new comprehensive chronic disease program.

New Congress Kicks off, Plans for Health Reform Repeal Vote
January 2011
As the new members of the House of Representatives and Senate take office, a vote is expected in the House on a bill to repeal the health reform law. NACCHO staff provide an update on legislative action and look ahead to what we can expect this year.