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Week of June 18th - 24th

  • On Wednesday, in the face of rising public outcry, President Trump issued an executive order to stop the separation of immigrant families. The order suggests that the administration’s policy going forward will be to detain families together, which is expected to run afoul of the 1997 Flores ruling that children cannot be held in government detention for more than 20 days. An alternative would be dropping the “zero-tolerance” policy that criminally prosecutes undocumented immigrants for crossing the border. At this point, there are no public plans to reunite more than 2,342 children with their parents.
     
  • On its second attempt, the House passed a Farm Bill that imposes stricter work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. No Democrats voted for the bill. The Washington Post reports that the SNAP provisions “are dead on arrival” in the Senate.
     
  • House Republicans released a deficit-reduction plan this week that would force cuts over at least $302 billion over the next 10 years, including steep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Politico reports that the proposal potentially “lay[s] the groundwork for another repeal vote on Obamacare.”
     
  • The House Appropriations Committee released the text of the FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which would cut the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention by $663 million. The CDC Climate Change program and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants, among other programs, were terminated.  Let’s actually hold until next week when the text of the report is available giving more insights into the numbers.
     
  • The White House released a proposal to reorganize the federal government. The proposal would move public assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid under a single umbrella – the Council of Public Assistance within the newly reorganized Department of Health and Public Welfare. The Council would have the ability to impose work requirements across assistance programs. The proposal would also combine the departments of Labor and Education, with a focus on job training, and privatize the US Postal Service.

  • The Senate rejected taking up the Trump administration’s rescissions package, which would have cut $15 billion from the spending plan approved by Congress earlier this year.
  • Surgeon and author Atul Gawande will lead the new healthcare company launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to address rising healthcare costs among their one million total employees. “I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better healthcare delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering, and eliminating wasteful spending both in the US and across the world,” Gawande said in a statement. “Now I have the backing of these remarkable organizations to pursue this mission with even greater impact for more than a million people, and in doing so incubate models of care for all.”
     
  • On Tuesday, the Trump administration issued new rules to expand access among small businesses to association health plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act coverage requirements. Attorneys general from New York and Massachusetts plan to sue the administration, arguing in a joint statement that the new rules will "invite fraud, mismanagement, and deception, and, as we've made clear, will do nothing to help ease the real healthcare challenges facing Americans… We believe the rule, as proposed, is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."
     
  • Click here to read PI's weekly media digest for the week of June 18th - 24th.      

 

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June 21st 2018

PI's joint letter with TFAH, APHA, NACCHO, PHI, and ASPPH urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reunite the families who have been separated during the "zero tolerance" policy and provide the necessary health and mental health services to mitigate any long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences that children of these families may have experienced due to separation.

April 20th 2018 
 

  • In support of the youth-led movement challenge to the status quo on guns, and renewed calls for action to address gun violence, Prevention Institute released an updated list of recommendations to prevent multiple forms of gun violence. 

September 27th

  • PI’s action alert  applauds Senator Collins and Senator John McCain for speaking out against the Graham-Cassidy bill and the process that produced it.

September 25th

  • PI and the leadership from the American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health released a joint statement and call to action denouncing the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.

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    September 7th

    • Following the decision to rollback DACA, PI calls on Congress to defend the Dreamers

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