Support Letter to HHS and ED for Adequate Sports Screening for High School Athletes

We ask that you join us in sending the corresponding letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Education (ED) asking the agencies to describe the resources each has at their disposal to address the current state of high school athlete sports screening. Further, we ask that they outline the role the agencies can play in collaborating with stakeholders to promote public and professional awareness of the importance of adequate sports screening to reduce the annual number of associated preventable deaths by high school athletes.

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2/12/16 CRS Report: Department of Health and Human Services: FY2017 Budget Request

This report provides information about the FY2017 budget request for the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS). It begins by reviewing the department’s mission and structure. This is followed by an overview of the total FY2017 request for the department. Next, the report discusses the concept of the HHS budget as a whole, compared to funding provided to HHS through the annual appropriations process.

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Co-sponsor H.R.1797 to help end the tropical disease threat

While not officially classified as a neglected tropical disease (NTD), research and development of products to treat and prevent the spread of the tropical disease Zika has been neglected for decades. Now Zika is rapidly making its way across the Americas, as West Nile virus did a decade before and Ebola threatened to do two years ago. Once these diseases go global, they are no longer considered neglected, but why wait until the next one appears on the international scene to study them and enhance our preparedness?

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Support the Drug-Free Communities Program

Please join us in supporting the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program for FY 2017. The program is a proven and cost-effective way to prevent youth drug use, funding drug prevention coalitions that are community-based, data driven, and comprehensive.

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Help to Incentivize Excellence in Medicare (v. 2)

Medicare Advantage has a star rating system for its plans; they range from 5 stars to 1. A 5 star rating is considered excellent care, and a 1 is considered poor. The Affordable Care Act tied performance on this system to payment by allowing plans to earn a higher bonus based on a contract’s star score. Four and five star plans are eligible to receive bonuses. However, payment was capped at pre-ACA rates regardless of a contract’s star score, under the Affordable Care Act.

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Letter to CMS Regarding Patient Access Issue (v. 2)

Accessing needed health care treatments allows patients battling rare diseases and serious chronic illness to lead their lives without a crushing financial burden. For decades, independent, non-profit, charitable organizations have stepped in to help these patients obtain the coverage and treatments they need by providing patients with premium, co-payment and co-insurance assistance.

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