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  • <August 30 2010 Maternal Child Health Policy alert>
    FMAP Funding Thanks to the efforts of thousands of health care advocates like you who took action quickly Congress has passed and the President has signed into law a new bill that extends Medicaid funding to states In our last policy alert we asked you to contact Congressmembers Altmire Carney and Dahlkemper all of whom ended up voting in favor of this critical legislation Take a moment to thank them along with your representatives for voting to support the health of American families The legislation will send about 600 million to support Pennsylvania s Medicaid programs and 390 million in funding for teachers Unfortunately the state budget assumed that PA would receive 850 million previously promised by Congress for the Medicaid program This means PA faces 250 million in further budget reductions for the current fiscal year Gov Rendell has released a plan to cover this gap through across the board cuts in departmental spending including the layoff of 100 state workers by early September The Governor expects to save 212 million by making a 1 9 cut in the budgets of dozens of agencies In addition he is urging the General Assembly independent agencies and state courts to cut their 2010 11 spending by the same amount Additionally a new severance tax on the natural gas being pumped from Marcellus shale would raise about 70 million in new revenue The 600 million being made available this year is a one time extension of a program originally created as part of the federal stimulus program Unless state revenues increase significantly this year next year s budget will have to be reduced by this amount through additional layoffs and program reductions Successful Advocacy Event on PA Earned Sick Days Bill As part of the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces Maternity

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  • <July 27 2010 Policy Alert>
    and at no additional U S debt Members of Pennsylvania s Congressional delegation are among the limited number of elected officials that really can and MUST MAKE A DIFFERENCE to assure that Pennsylvania families state and local elected officials schools and the non profit sector are not forced to have another nearly 850 million in cuts imposed Urge action NOW on extending FMAP and use the PA Budget and Policy Center s cheat sheet on how important FMAP has been to every PA Congressional District August 3rd Join Congressman Sestak at Health Care Reform Town Hal l RSVP To Attend the First Town Hall in PA Since Health Care Reform Implementation Looking to show your support for health care reform Or maybe you re confused about what s really in this new law The Pennsylvania Health Access Network PHAN and FamiliesUSA invite you to attend a Community Forum on Health Care Reform with Congressman Joe Sestak D 7 Congressman Sestak and a national policy expert from FamiliesUSA will talk you through how health care reform will impact individuals families physicians the economy small businesses and more There will also be an opportunity to ask your questions so don t leave home without them Join us at The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 2125 Chestnut Street on Tuesday August 3rd promptly at 11 00 A M Doors open at 10 30 Must RSVP To Attend Consponsored by the National Physician s Alliance Foundation Philadelphia Unemployment Project SEIU PA State Council UFCW 1776 Maternity Care Coalition and more TBA Space is limited August 9th Happy Hour for Her with Raising Women s Voices of Southeastern PA WOMEN S WAY s Young Women s Initiative YWI in partnership with Raising Women s Voices of Southeastern PA invites you to the next Happy Hour

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  • <July 14 policy alert>
    the Department of Education increased 1 with an additional 250 million directed toward school districts Cuts stem from the fact that the 2010 11 state budget relies on 850 million in enhanced federal Medicaid funding Federal Medical Assistance Percent FMAP for public health and human services that is in jeopardy FMAP refers to the federal percentage of matching funds for state Medicaid expenditures The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 enhanced the FMAP contribution for states through December 2010 Legislation now before Congress would extend the enhanced FMAP funding to states through June 2011 but the bill has stalled in the U S Senate On June 30 the Senate failed for the fourth time to pass a jobs bill that includes the FMAP funding Without critical FMAP funding Pennsylvania will have to find another way to balance its budget cuts to essential services such as Medical Assistance child protective services mental health mental retardation services and domestic violence counseling Call your federal legislators and tell them you care about essential services and want FMAP funding extended To find more information about how FMAP impacts your district click here To find more information about contacting your legislators click here Health Care Reform Maternal and Child Health Impact Health Care Reform signed into law on March 23 2010 will positively impact maternal and child health care as relevant provisions go into effect Visit the MCC website devoted to Federal Health Care Reform for a summary of key elements of health reform impacting maternal child health Approximately 9 million children and 12 million women of reproductive age will gain coverage in 2014 Key provisions of health care reform include adequate time for working women to express breastmilk funds for teen pregnancy prevention home visiting programs postpartum depression services competitive grants for states

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  • <Call against Pennsylvania Budget Cuts>
    slash upwards of 1 billion and everything will be on the chopping block We need to let our state lawmakers and Congress members know that a state budget that cuts 1 billion or more will cost jobs hurt our economic recovery and result in cuts to education hospitals children and families impacted by the recession We need a more balanced approach that includes new revenue and the FMAP funding WE NEED YOUR HELP 1 TELL STATE LAWMAKERS TO TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH Tell your state legislators to close tax loopholes and end special interest tax breaks before making deep cuts that will hurt Pennsylvania families Ask them to take a balanced approach that includes new revenue to solve our state s budget crisis Relying on cuts alone will costs thousands of jobs and set back our fragile economic recovery PA SENATE The following state senators will be key votes on the budget LEADERSHIP President Pro Tempore Senator Joe Scarnati R Jefferson 717 787 7084 Majority Leader Senator Dominic Pileggi R Delaware 610 358 5183 Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Jake Corman R Centre 717 787 1377 SOUTHEAST Senator Ted Erickson R Delaware 610 853 4100 Senator Chuck McIlhinney R Bucks 215 489 5000 Senator Bob Mensch R Montgomery 215 529 1215 Senator John Rafferty R Chester Montgomery 610 831 8830 Senator Robert Tommy Tomlinson R Bucks 215 945 2800 OTHER KEY SENATORS Senator Pat Browne R Lehigh 717 787 1349 Senator Elder Vogel R Beaver 717 787 3076 After you call your senator follow up with an email PA HOUSE The following House members from the Southeast will also be key votes SOUTHEAST Representative Gene DiGirolamo R Bucks 215 750 1017 Representative Frank Farry R Bucks 215 752 6750 Representative Kate Harper R Montgomery 610 277 3230 Representative Nick Miccarelli R

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  • <June 18th Policy Alert>
    care reform includes a provision for workplace breastfeeding support The provision states that employers shall provide reasonable unpaid break time and a private non bathroom place for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child s birth Employers with less than 50 employees are not subject to the requirement if it would cause undue hardship Show your support of businesses that acted ahead of this legislation The deadline for nominations is quickly approaching submit your nominations now Please download a printable nomination form or complete a nomination form online by Wednesday June 30th For additional information please call our Breastfeeding Coordinator Katja Pigur at 215 989 3564 or via e mail The awards and recognition ceremony will be held on Wednesday September 29th 2010 3 5 p m at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia Keystone Mercy to Accept Newly Eligible Pregnant Women Newly eligible pregnant members who live in Delaware County can enroll into Keystone Mercy Health Plan KMHP upon request This additional exception is for newly eligible recipients who are pregnant only KMHP stopped enrolling new members in February This became an incredible barrier for pregnant women since Crozer Keystone Health System only accepts KMHP Women in Chester had to travel to Media and Bryn Mawr to find a provider that accepted another Medical Assistance plan If a recipient is already pregnant or becomes pregnant and is currently in another health plan she is not permitted to switch to KMHP The existing plan remains responsible to see that their members prenatal maternity and postpartum needs are met This notice will appear on the PA Enrollment website but there are no plans to send out any additional mailings so please make sure pregnant women in Delaware County know of this opportunity

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  • <Breastfeeding-Friendly business>
    part of Philadelphia s 15 million obesity prevention initiative funded through federal stimulus money Maternity Care Coalition MCC is launching a major breastfeeding friendly program targeting employers and healthcare facilities The recently passed health care reform includes the provision for workplace breastfeeding support that states employers shall provide reasonable unpaid break time and a private non bathroom place for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child s birth Employers with less than 50 employees are not subject to the requirement if it would cause undue hardship This law will help women care for their babies while contributing to the U S workforce Over the next two years MCC will introduce evidence based breastfeeding friendly policies train employers about the benefits of breastfeeding for health and productivity with the Business Case for Breastfeeding curriculum review and award companies whose policies meet the evidence based policies standards expand a social marketing decal campaign that notes Breastfeeding Welcome Here and combine with other media efforts to promote breastfeeding recognize and work with hospitals that are aiming to become a Baby Friendly Hospital In preparation for the upcoming Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award event on Wednesday

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  • <May 21 Policy Alert>
    care and the non profit sector and increase local property taxes Pennsylvania can no longer afford the Delaware loophole and special tax treatment for gas and tobacco companies Visit Better Choices for Pennsylvania for more information Find your lawmakers at PA PowerPort June 2 The Self Sufficiency Standard for PA 2010 2011 Release What are the self sufficiency needs of a family to survive without food stamps or government assistance in this region for two adults 1 preschooler 1 school age child Bucks 71 846 per year Chester 71 296 Delaware 62 543 Montgomery 71 393 Philadelphia 60 000 On June 2nd Carol Goertzel President CEO of PathWays PA and Dr Diana Pearce author of the study will share more about the Self Sufficiency Standard and ways you can use the Standard in your work Join PathWays PA as they release this report United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania 7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia PA Tuesday June 2nd 2 00 4 00 PM Register now to attend this event Urge State Legislators to Create a PA Children s Ombudsperson Support the creation of a Children s Ombudsperson in PA by signing the petition or writing a letter to your state Senator and Representative sample letter below Dear Senator fill in w your state senator s name or Dear Representative fill in w your representative s name I m writing to strongly urge you to create a Children s Ombudsperson in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania s child welfare system impacts the safety custody permanency and well being of thousands of children and families In 2009 more than 25 000 reports of suspected child abuse were investigated and over one hundred thousand PA children received in home services More than 31 000 PA children and youth were in foster care The cost to investigate child

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  • <April 28 2010 Policy Alert>
    face larger volumes because of the closure of 13 maternity units in the last decade and it is unclear how they will absorb these additional births either There is a another concern to keep in mind If this can happen in Delaware County it can become reality elsewhere For all hospitals that currently accept only one Medicaid plan should they drop that plan low income women will be effectively barred from care at those institutions and will be forced to depend on other already overcrowded facilities In 2008 7 other hospital based maternity units only accepted one Medicaid plan Maternal Child Health and the Federal Health Reform Legislation Maternity Care Coalition wants to again acknowledge and thank the legislators in PA who voted for the final historic health care bill Representatives Brady Carney Dahlkemper Doyle Fattah Kanjorski Patrick Murphy Schwartz Sestak and Senators Specter and Casey An initial review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act PL 111 148 and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act reveals the following elements important for Maternal and Child health Encourages Breastfeeding Effective immediately All employers with 50 or more employees must permit break time for women to breast pump and or feed their infants This factsheet describes in greater detail the impact of health reform on supporting employed breastfeeding mothers Home Visiting Programs Creates a state based home visiting program to serve higher risk families during pregnancy and the infant toddler years States must complete a needs assessment in the next 6 months or by September 2010 Addresses Maternal Depression Provides funds to NIMH for support services and education about the impact of emotional wellness on the infant and family Changes in Insurance Plans Excludes pre existing conditions for children immediately All private insurance plans will be required to offer a package

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