Family Voices Washington DC Update: June 21, 2018
It's a very eventful week with respect to health care policy and child health and well-being. On the minds of almost everyone are the children and parents being separated when they cross the southern border of the U.S. illegally. As this is being written, there is news that the president may reverse this policy. There are also several bills in Congress to address this issue along with broader immigration policy, such as the future of "DREAMers." Meanwhile, Congress is considering legislation to appropriate funds for FY 2019. Moments ago, a Senate vote on a rescissions bill failed, meaning it is unlikely that the administration's proposed cuts to the CHIP contingency fund will take place. Congress is also moving legislation to address the opioid crisis; the House is expected to pass a bipartisan bill this week and send it to the Senate. On Tuesday, the administration finalized a rule that will facilitate the creation of "association health plans," which will not be required to offer the "essential health benefits" set forth in the Affordable Care Act. Late last week, a federal district court heard arguments in a case challenging the administration's authority to grant waivers allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. Read about these topics and more in this week's Update.