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ACA Legislation: On March 6, 2017, the Republican House leadership unveiled their ACA replacement and Medicaid funding structure modification legislation proposal-- the American Health Care Act.  This week, analysis of the Republican plan was released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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On March 16th, the Trump Administration released its initial fiscal year (FY) 2018 "skinny budget" proposal, outlining its priorities and vision for federal funding.   This budget proposal includes a $54 billion increase to defense spending and border enforcement with deep cuts in other parts of the budget to offset those increases.  The proposal eliminates the parity between def

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ACA Legislation: On March 6, 2017, the Republican House leadership unveiled their ACA replacement and Medicaid funding structure modification legislation proposal-- the American Health Care Act.

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Nominations: Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of Seema Verma to become administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), setting up a confirmation vote in the full Senate.  

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Nominations:  Last week, the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services was confirmed by the Senate.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Nomination:  This week, the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services was confirmed by the Senate.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Nomination:  This week, the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA)  to lead the Department of Health and Human Services was advanced by the Senate Finance Committee.  Democrats boycotted the hearing, at which the Committee temporarily disabled a committee rule that require

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Affordable Care Act Repeal: This week, key Congressional leaders stated that legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to be reported from the committees of jurisdiction until mid-to late February.

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Last week, by a vote of 227-198, the House adopted a budget resolution aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The budget document (S Con Res 3)  includes instructions for the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Republicans to avoid a filibuster in the Senate and repeal parts of the health care law with a simple 51-vote majority in that chamber.

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This week, the Senate passed its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Budget Resolution, which includes a process-- called budget reconciliation-- that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through separate legislation at a later date.

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Highlighted Resources

Third Trimester ScreeningNCSD has published a resource on Third Trimester Screening for Syphilis and HIV.

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NCSD has published a resource on Third Trimester Screening for Syphilis and HIV. This resource details the importance of screening during pregnancy, and lays out some current state policy trends regarding third trimester syphilis screening.

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