On June 22, 2017, Senate Republican’s released their proposal, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” (BCRA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While much of the debate on the bill is focused on the Medicaid expansion for adults and changes to the insurance markets, the bill would have a devastating impact on children. Among the most disturbing provisions in the Senate bill are:
On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives voted on legislation, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA). CCHA opposes the AHCA, because it puts health care for California children at risk. The AHCA is harmful to children in two ways.
The federal budget forecasts how much money should be spent, allocated to various expenses, and raised for the coming year. Primarily, the budget system focuses on how to distribute funds. However, it can also determine how to allocate other resources like federal employment. The President and Congress are responsible for making these important decisions, which ultimately impact change on local, state, national, and global levels.
Congress annually makes decisions regarding how the federal government should spend its discretionary funds. These decisions – which are called appropriations – affect how money is allocated to various programs. Some examples of programs include national defense, food safety, and education. CCHA is most concerned about federal funding for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program and the National Institutes of Health.