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Nominations for Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, Due July 10

The Government Accountability Office is seeking nominations for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). The PTAC was established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on physician payment models. PTAC aims to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare delivery system… (Eisen, 1/1/70) #Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), #Physicians

HUD Announces $123 Million to Address Youth Homelessness, Including NOFO Due August 29th

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced $123 million to combat youth homelessness. This consists of $51.1 million already awarded in Youth Homelessness System Improvement (YHSI) Grants and a $72 million notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) and supportive services programs. Grant applications for the YHDP NOFO are due August… (Eisen, 1/1/70) #Grants, #Health Equity

Agency Releases Data on Decline in Uninsured Rates of Minorities Due to ACA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released compelling data showcasing substantial advancements in health care coverage within minority communities, attributed largely to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and concerted efforts by the Biden-Harris Administration to improve access to quality health care. This release also includes an issue brief outlining the actions taken by… (Eisen, 1/1/70) #Affordable Care Act, #Coverage Decisions, #Insurance Coverage, #Social Determinants of Health

Congressional Democrats Make Efforts to Secure the Right to Contraception and IVF

With the November elections on the horizon, both Senate and House Democrats are drawing a stark contrast with Republicans on reproductive rights. Congressional Democrats are amplifying access to abortion, contraception, and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to the forefront. Senate and House Votes on the Right to Contraception Act The Right to Contraception Act, a bicameral legislation (S. 1999; H.R. 4121), seeks… (Eisen, June 6, 2024) #Health Equity, #Women’s Health

Agency Announces the Addition of 10 New States to the CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration Program, Clarifies Policies for Supervision of Peer Support Workers

This week the Biden-Harris Administration announced two new activities to support access to high-quality behavioral health services for Medicaid beneficiaries. First, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released 10 new states that have met the requirements for participation in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration Program: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico,… (Marceno, June 5, 2024) #Demonstration Programs, #Health Equity, #Mental and Behavioral Health

Administration Announces $2.3 Million in Funding for Indigenous Food in School Meal Programs

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced funding and actions to strengthen Tribal food sovereignty, including $2.3 million in funding for school meal programs. The funding awards include: Support for four school districts in the Wind River Indian Reservation Wyoming through the Center for Popular Research, Education, and Policy for training and technical assistance for school nutrition staff to… (McClurg, June 5, 2024) #Nutrition

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