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
Policy BriefContact your members of Congress 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, 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 BriefKEY TALKING POINTS Urge 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.
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 2019 levels, especially the Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grants.
Apr. 15, 2019
This week's video includes an update on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, efforts to repeal the 40% excise tax on high cost employer health plans set to take effect in 2022, testimony in support of the Economic Development Administration and more.
Without alternatives to jails and emergency rooms, law enforcement and other first responders have few options for diverting people who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) today announced the formation of a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.
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Health Steering Committee
County Judge Dallas County, Texas
Commissioner Charlotte County, Florida
Health & Human Services Agency, Director San Diego County, California
Board President Cook County, Illinois
Commissioner Broward County, Florida
Commissioner Skagit County, Washington
Commissioner Chatham County, Georgia
Commissioner Forsyth County, North Carolina
Councilmember Pierce County, Washington
Subcommittee Vice Chair
Executive Director, Mental Health Board/DD Board Champaign County, Illinois
County Manager New Hanover County, North Carolina
Director Veterans Services Le Sueur County, Minnesota
County Clerk Spencer County, Kentucky
Director of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs New York State Association of Counties, New York
Councilman Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Louisiana
Public Health Director - Idaho North Central District Nez Perce County, Idaho
Coroner Ada County, Idaho
Administrator, Medical Care Iron County, Michigan
Commissioner El Paso County, Texas
Supervisor Sonoma County, California