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
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
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.