All matters pertaining to public health and healthy communities, including disease and injury prevention and health promotion, health disparities reduction, financing delivering health care, including services for the uninsured, underinsured, and medically indigent, Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, behavioral health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities.
Health Steering Committee
2016 Policy Briefs
Policy BriefContact your House and Senate members and urge them to support legislation to permanently repeal the 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010.
Policy BriefUrge your members of Congress to maintain at least consistent funding for substance abuse and mental health services provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and pass legislation that enhances counties’ abilities to provide local systems of care. Funding in future appropriations bill should be held to at least FY 2017 levels, especially the Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grants.
Policy BriefUrge your members of Congress, especially those who serve on the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, to protect funding for local public health services and prevention programs made possible by the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).
Policy BriefUrge your senators and representatives to support the federal-state-local partnership structure for financing and delivering Medicaid services and to oppose any measure that would further shift federal and state Medicaid costs to counties – including cuts, caps, block grants and new limits on counties’ ability to raise the non-federal match or receive supplemental payments.
Policy BriefUrge your members of Congress to pass legislation that supports counties’ efforts to improve health services for justice-involved individuals and reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. Specifically, urge your members on health authorizing committees to support bills that would allow individuals in custody to continue receiving Medicaid and other federal benefits until they are convicted, sentenced and incarcerated, require states to suspend instead of terminate Medicaid for individuals in jails and allow for comprehensive behavioral health services and the recruitment of health professionals in county jails.
- Document | Aug. 2, 2017
Jul. 26, 2017
With the Summer Congressional recess starting Friday, July 28th, county leaders have a great opportunity to advocate for county legislative and regulatory priorities right at home. NACo has put together the following information to help you be an effective advocate during the summer recess.
Jun. 23, 2017
On June 22, 2017 Senate Republicans released a 142-page discussion draft of their health overhaul bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017.”
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County Judge Dallas County, Texas
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Health & Human Services Agency, Director San Diego County, California
Board President Cook County, Illinois
Mayor/Commissioner Broward County, Florida
Ronnie Beale (Public Health & Healthy Communities)
Commissioner Macon County, North Carolina
Linda Higgins (Medicaid & Indigent Care)
Commissioner Hennepin County, Minnesota
Gloria Whisenhunt (Longterm Health)
Commissioner Forsyth County, North Carolina
Derek Young (Behavioral Health)
Councilmember Pierce County, Washington
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