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  • July 18, 2011 Policy Alert
    Additionally cuts in the Departments of Health and Education have resulted in cuts to Maternal and Child Health 63 or 1 5 million Pre K counts 3 or 2 4 million and Head Start programs 3 or 1 1 million T E A C H Scholarship Funding Eliminated Funding for the T E A C H Early Childhood Pennsylvania scholarship program has been cut The decision to cut 6 5 million was made by Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander two weeks AFTER passage of the 2012 budget This will mean that nearly 2 000 Pennsylvania early childhood professionals may have to discontinue their education All of Pennsylvania s quality initiatives Keystone STARS PreK Counts and Head Start State Supplemental program rely on high teacher credentials as a key component to ensuring quality These efforts will be critically undermined without the T E A C H scholarship program The Governor can change this and make good on his commitment to early childhood education His office is responsible for the decision to cut federal funds and they can reverse it ACTION NEEDED IMMEDIATELY Sign a petition to send a message to the Governor to keep funding T E A C H We need you to take action TODAY We need thousands to sign on to make a difference Earned Sick Days Bill Vetoed by Mayor Nutter On June 28 2011 Mayor Nutter announced his veto of the earned sick days bill at the Chamber of Commerce This important bill had passed City Council on June 16 2011 by a vote of 9 8 The mayor vetoed this bill although it is supported by over 70 of Philadelphians and has been shown to benefit businesses You can read news coverage of this story by CBS and NBC The bill impacts public

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  • Policy Alert June 23 2011
    see it become law in Philadelphia Do you know where the Mayor stands on the bill Your calls can make the difference Just take one minute to tell Mayor Nutter you support the bill becoming law and then go to the MomsRising website and share how the call went here Together we need to make sure that Mayor Nutter knows Philadelphians are counting on him to do the right thing by allowing the earned sick days bill to become law The State Budget Pa Senate Will Vote on Drilling Fee Bill While Pa House Budget Plan Cuts 500 Million from DPW The Pennsylvania Senate will vote this week on a Marcellus Shale drilling impact fee as part of the state budget The bill provides no support for shared statewide priorities like education early childhood programs colleges human services health care The natural gas industry should not get a free pass This is occurring at a time when the Legislature is planning to cut 500 million from the Department of Public Welfare These cuts would reduce funding to essential child care programs amounting to 37 million in cuts to DPW subsidies that provide low income families child care assistance services The Governor has proposed to maintain the 324 million in funding to child care assistance and services for low income parents but to eliminate the Accountability Block Grant which would gravely impact the availability of pre K and full day kindergarten Sign on to a letter to lawmakers today that urges them to join legislatures in Texas and other states which have used their natural gas reserves as a resource to create both living wage jobs for their residents and also a source of sustainable revenue for their schools health care systems and other public structures The Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition Tell your Representative and Senator and the Governor to restore the cuts to child care and fund the Accountability Block Grant The budget plan passed by the Pennsylvania House is cutting funding to child care programs that have proven positive outcomes According to the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning ninety nine percent of 10 317 low income or at risk children enrolled in Pre K Counts centers exhibit proficiency in language math and social skills Federal Budget Cuts to Medicaid and CHIP There are several proposals in Congress to turn Medicaid into a block grant program cap federal expenditures and allow states to cut Medicaid and CHIP eligibility through repealing the Affordable Care Act s maintenance of effort requirements MOE Repealing MOE provisions would result in reductions in overall coverage levels leading to more uninsured children and less access to essential health services such as specialty care The proposals in Congress would severely undermine vital programs that provide a lifeline to millions of women and children Don t let irresponsible cuts to the federal budget harm familes Call 1 866 922 4970 and tell your Members of Congress to preserve Medicaid by rejecting any proposals to

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  • June 7 2011 Policy Alert
    public schools and the reduction of Governor Corbett s budget by 471 million for health and human services for women children and people with disabilities It fails to enact a drilling tax on natural gas as advocates have demanded and leaves untouched a 500 million state revenue surplus for this year The budget bill is now in the Senate being debated Take action now Through Better Choices for Pennsylvania you can take action in support of a more responsible budget Call and email your lawmakers to urge them to use the revenue surplus and enact a drilling tax on natural gas before making deep cuts to education and health care June 16th Final Vote Pending for Paid Sick Days Bill Help Us Pack City Hall Thanks to the help of many the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces was able to wrap thousands of postcards around City Hall in late May and the bill was moved off the suspension list Now we need to continue showing City Council just how strongly Philadelphia supports earned sick days To convince Council to finally pass the bill we need everyone to pack the City Hall Session Room when the final vote is scheduled WHEN June 16th 2011 9 00 A M WHERE Philadelphia City Hall 4th floor Register for the event Help us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill Bring signs of support You can enter City Hall at the north east corner and remember to bring a picture ID In the interim if you live in Philadelphia call your city council member to tell them your support for paid sick days Now is the crucial time for them to hear from supporters Here s a

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  • <May 19 2011 Maternal and Child Health Alert>
    or a previous c section as a pre exisitng condition This bill would ban this unfair practice Availability of Maternity Coverage Most women are shocked to learn that their insurance does not include maternity Often they must purchase maternity coverage as a rider to their regular insurance This means additional costs that many women cannot afford Insurance as the Gateway Access to health care services is critical to ensuring healthy pregnancies and positive health outcomes for moms and babies The gateway to care is affordable insurance plans This bill will guarantee that all insurance plans include maternity coverage Insurance also allows hospitals to be reimbursed for care they provide This is an important step in mitigating the ongoing closure of maternity units in Pennsylvania click to view a video slide show of maternity unit closures over time Share your story Have you been denied insurance because of pregnancy or a previous c section or had difficulty affording maternity coverage Share your story with us From Washington Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant The U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS released their congressionally mandated operating plans which finalize health program funding levels for the remainder of FY 2011 In the good news category we are pleased to report that the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant has been restored to relatively flat funding of 656 million The final Title V allocation apparently reflects a small less than 1 percent across the board cut applied to most programs The HRSA plan also confirms funding of 299 million for Title X Family Planning Grants a 17 4 million cut a program that was zeroed out in previous House proposals It makes no change to the mandatory 250 million FY 2011 allocation for the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program or other mandatory Affordable Care Act appropriations In the bad news ledger the plan confirms the following cuts to critical HRSA programs 660 million cut to the base allocation for Community Health Centers offset by the 1 billion increase in mandatory Affordable Care Act funds 65 million cut to health professions 47 million for rural health programs 48 million for Children s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program and a range of small cuts to many other programs Details on the entire HRSA operating plan are posted here The HHS plan also conveys CDC decisions to apply 740 million in required cuts across nearly all CDC programs Details on CDC reductions are posted here Many MCH related programs at CDC are taking small to moderate reductions We thank the Senate Appropriations Committee and the White House who fought to restore the House passed cuts to critical MCH programs Together we have shown that despite intense budget pressures we can make a strong and effective case for sustained investments in critical MCH programs We will need to continue the advocacy since the House FY FY 2012 spending target for Labor Education and Health and Human Services

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  • <May 09 2011 Maternal and child health policy alert>
    another way to honor mothers Help extend the gift of timely access to prenatal care for expectant moms by lending your support to women in Norristown who face a 14 week wait just to get a first prenatal care appointment Support our sisters aunts neighbors and friends today Sign the petition and share it widely All women deserve quality prenatal care and a safe birth We invite women in Norristown

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  • <May 04 maternal and child health policy alert>
    sick days And when children become seriously ill studies show that they recover faster when cared for by their parents The mere presence of a parent shortens a child s hospital stay by 31 The lost pay coupled with increased responsibilities for the health of young children is an unfair burden on the women of Philadelphia Sign the petition to support passage of the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act which would give Philadelphia workers the opportunity to earn paid sick days to care for themselves their children or their other family members Your City Council members need to hear from you too If you live work or spend any time in Philadelphia contact members of City Council and let them know that all workers need to have a chance to earn paid sick days For more information on this issue visit the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces blog Data cited in this alert is from the National Partnership for Working Families fact sheet Working Women Need Paid Sick Days Women Face 14 Week Wait for Prenatal Care In Norristown PA women are facing a 14 week wait for their 1st prenatal care appointment Many are not getting into care until their 2nd or 3rd trimester if at all The need for prenatal care i e medical assessment during pregnancy is probably one of the most widely known and accepted public health recommendations Prenatal care has traditionally had three components Assessment of the medical condition of mother and baby Health promotion and education Medical and psychological interventions to ensure a healthy mother and baby Healthy People 2020 has two goals for prenatal care 77 9 percent of women entering care in the first trimester and 77 6 percent receiving care that is adequate From 2006 2008 data we see

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  • <April 14 2011 Maternal and Child health policy alert>
    restore stimulus funding creating a cut of 14 857 000 in total Head Start Supplemental funding will receive 37 655 000 a cut of 729 000 Pre K Counts will receive the 83 620 000 a cut of 1 620 000 Basic Education will see a reduction of nearly 550 million or a 10 cut Community Colleges will receive 212 167 000 a cut of 2 050 000 The proposal also fails to replace 21 5 million in ARRA funding Impact on Parents Families Adult and Family Literacy will receive 12 413 000 a cut of 2 474 000 Temporary Assitance for Needy Families TANF will recieve 190 335 000 a cut of 6 718 000 New Directions the TANF job training and support program will receive about a 50 reduction Nurse Family Partnerships will receive 11 978 000 in funding same funding level from the previous year Rape crisis domestic violence homeless assistance legal aid and breast cancer screenings were flat funded at 2010 11 budgetary freeze levels For more detail about other items in the budget please visit the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Harrisburg Bills Would Hurt Low Income Families Applying for Benefits Click to view a table of 8 bills directed at welfare recipients that would increase state administrative costs and create new unfair barriers to accessing public benefits families need and for which they are eligible Please contact your legislators and ask them to oppose the legislation Table developed by Community Legal Services 4 14 11 Federal Budget FY 2011 Update and the FY 2012 Proposal With your help we protected vital women s health programs Congressional leaders agreed on a last minute funding plan for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year And although the plan includes many painful cuts it maintains current funding levels for Head Start efforts to block implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act were BLOCKED as were attempts to eliminate funding for the Title X family planning program or Planned Parenthood health clinics Your calls and emails made a difference thank you for all that you did Nonetheless compromises were made 13 billion was cut from the Labor Education and Health and Human Services departments But our work is not done Unfortunately the House Budget Committee has approved a budget for FY 2012 that is more devastating The House is expected to vote on this budget Your voice is urgently needed Call your Representative today at 1 888 245 0215 and tell him her to vote no on the 2012 GOP Budget Resolution Not sure who your Representative is Find out here Every call helps Impact of House 2012 Budget Proposal Gut protections for women in the new health care law By eliminating the Affordable Care Act it would allow insurance companies to return to the days of treating women like a pre existing condition Slash funding for critical supports Cutting Head Start K 12 education Pell grants and family supports such as job training housing and energy assistance

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  • <March 22 2011 Maternal and Child health policy>
    Register today for this FREE event If you have any questions contact Rebecca Foley WOMEN S WAY Director of Education Advocacy Initiatives or call her at 215 985 3322 Round 1 Victory Earned Sick Days Bill Passes Committee On March 1st after a packed rally and a long but successful hearing the Philadelphia Public Health and Human Services Committee voted to move the Promoting Healthy Families and Workpaces Bill out of Committee But there is still work to be done Members of City Council are already hearing from people opposed to the bill If you support earned sick days they need to hear from you as well Here is what you can do to help Call or write a letter to your City Council person to ask for their support of the bill Sign the Petition Share Your Story Over 40 of workers in Philadelphia are without paid sick days meaning they must choose between the jobs they need and the families they love When people have no choice but to work sick they risk infecting others especially since the people most likely to be without earned sick days are those that handle our food and those that work with

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