Family Voices Washington DC Update: January 10, 2018
Happy New Year! Congress is back in session, trying to figure out how to fund the government past January 19. In the mix are a number of issues, including funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers, and other programs (e.g., Family-to-Family Health Information Centers); disaster funding; whether to address the situation of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children ("Dreamers"); whether to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border; relative spending levels for defense and non-defense programs; and legislation to provide cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers and to fund state reinsurance programs.
From the Executive Branch: The Department of Labor issued a proposed rule regarding the creation of "association health plans," which could make less robust, less expensive insurance policies available to some people, but cause premiums to increase for people who want or need more generous benefits. The Social Security Administration issued a Request for Information about how to improve adult outcomes for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a final rule amending its regulations governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records. The Department of Justice withdrew its guidance on ADA compliance by state and local governments' employment service systems.
Read about these developments and more here.