Category: Federal


Congressional Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Reform, Votes to be Held Next Week

On Wednesday, Senate and House Republicans struck an agreement on a consolidated sweeping tax reform bill. Recall, Congressional Republicans entered into conference last week to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House tax reform measures that were recently passed by both houses. Full details of the agreed-upon measure were not available at the time…

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CHIP Reauthorization, PPHF Cuts Proposed in Latest House Government Funding Bill

This week, House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey) introduced a continuing resolution to extend government funding through January 19, 2018. Recall, last week Congress passed a two-week government funding measure that expires next Friday, December 22. In addition to extending overall government funding, H.J. Res. 124, which is currently in the House…

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CMS No Longer Accepting State Proposals to Finance Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations

Today, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to states announcing that CMS will no longer accept state proposals to finance Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations by drawing down federal funds for programs that have historically been paid for by states outside of Medicaid. These time-limited arrangements, known as Designated State Health…

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Congress Narrowly Avoids Government Shutdown with Short-Term Funding Measure

On Thursday—one day before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown—the House and Senate passed a two-week stopgap funding measure. President Donald Trump signed the measure today, extending current federal government funding levels through December 22. Extensive negotiations are expected to occur between now and the December 22 deadline, particularly as the short-term spending measure…

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HUD Releases Annual Homeless Report, Indicates Rise in Homelessness

This week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual Homeless Assessment Report, indicating slight increase in homelessness for the first time since 2010. The overall homelessness rate increased 0.7 percent since last year, and veteran homelessness increased 1.5 percent since last year. Most individuals experiencing homelessness were located in emergency…

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CDC Publishes Guide on Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report titled The Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs. The report summarizes scientific evidence behind eight effective strategies for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can be implemented into communities and health care systems. The guide is intended for…

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Senate Poised to Pass Massive Tax Reform Measure

After a series of fast-paced negotiations this week, U.S. Senate Republicans are poised to pass their sprawling $1.4 trillion tax reform measure with a vote expected yet this evening. On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee advanced the tax measure on a 12-11 partisan vote, clearing the way for a full Senate vote on the floor….

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CDC Publishes Special Journal Issue on Violence and Injury Prevention

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice titled “Catalyzing State Public Health Agency Actions to Prevent Injuries and Violence.” The special issue features eight articles that highlight programs within CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The…

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FDA Forms Nicotine Steering Committee

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week the formation of a new Nicotine Steering Committee that will be tasked with reevaluating and modernizing FDA’s policy and regulatory approach to nicotine and nicotine products to address tobacco addiction. This new committee formation follows the announcement from the FDA this summer for a new…

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