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Feb. 8, 2018

Federal Funding Update

ASTHO released a detailed legislative alert today with the most current information on the federal funding status. Please note that the situation is still fluid and ASTHO will provide updates as soon as possible. You can find the legislative alert released today here.

National Academy for State Health Policy Report

Yesterday, the National Academy for State Health Policy released a report on health insurance marketplace enrollment for 2017 and 2018. The report finds that individual marketplace enrollment remains stable overall; however, there are differences between states that run their own marketplace versus using the federal government-run healthcare.gov.

Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Opioids

Today, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing to examine the opioid crisis, focusing on the impact on children and families. More information will be provided in next week’s Congressional Corner.

Upcoming Hearings

On Feb. 14, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the HHS FY19 budget request. The sole witness will be HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Individuals or organizations may submit a written statement for consideration by the committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. More information can be found here.

Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

Last night, the Senate confirmed Brett Giroir by unanimous consent to become the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.