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Legislative update

From National Family Voices:

On Wednesday, both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee will take up ("mark up") legislation to extend funding for the CHIP program for five years - what advocates had hoped for. (See details below.) The House committee will also mark up several other bills to extend various programs, including...
Family-to-Family Health Information Centers! In addition to the CHIP bill, the House committee will also mark up the "Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation," or CHAMPION Act. This bill provides for an extension of funding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) for two more years (FYs 2018 and 2019) at $6 million per year (an increase of $1 million per year), AND calls for F2Fs to be developed in all territories and for at least one Indian tribe. (See Section 104, pp. 21-22.) The territories are Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islan…

Principles and Recommendations for Tax Reform

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the selfdetermination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. 

People with disabilities rely on a range of federal programs to live independently in the community. These programs are funded through our federal taxes. They provide multiple life necessities such as housing, education, employment, health care, income support, transportation, and more. They ensure that millions of people with disabilities can live with opportunity, dignity, and independence. As stated by former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and inscribed above the entrance to the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service, “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.”

CCD appreciates the importance of a fair and effective tax system. However, we are c…

Tutorial: Medicaid and CHIP

Updated Tutorial: Public Insurance Programs and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial on the Basics of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Now, more than ever, Title V staff and their partners need to know about Medicaid, so the Catalyst Center has updated Public Insurance Programs and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial on the Basics of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 
The tutorial contains 11 topic areas ranging from Building Partnershipsto Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT). Each section describes a component of the Medicaid/CHIP program and a brief description of its regulatory framework.
If you haven't perused the tutorial lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see we've added the most recent Federal Poverty Levels, revised national health expenditure data, updated statistics about Medicaid expansion, incorporated preliminary data from the Nation…