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December 12, 2014

Congress Keeps Tabs on “Three-person Embryos”

A fertility technique that can produce “three-person embryos” to prevent women from passing on rare genetic diseases has drawn the attention of  lawmakers who set the budgets for federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration.

At issue is mitochondrial manipulation, in which genetic material from one woman can be moved into the egg of another. This technique has been developed to help women who otherwise would risk passing on rare mitochondrial diseases to their children, but there’s some thought that it also may aid older women seeking to become mothers.

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November 26, 2014

House Panel Set to Begin Work on Children’s Health Insurance Program Renewal

Senate Democrats, who hold enough votes next year to stall consideration of controversial measures, will likely block action Republican-led action on contentious health topics — particularly regarding the Affordable Care Act. President Obama also can halt any measures with a presidential veto.

However, the renewal of a significant, federally funded health care program could entice some bipartisan compromises. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is due for congressional renewal prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. Next week, a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel opens up a discussion on renewal options. The hearing is the next step in mulling options for the program, which began in August with a bicameral committee request for suggestions from state governors. The CHIP program has seen rapid growth. Enrollment has surged by 32 percent since 2005 and federal spending has increased 45 percent. Last month, the Pew Charitable Trusts offered a 50-state review of CHIP enrollment and spending.

 

 

October 1, 2014

On the Move in Health: Ami Gadhia

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(Source: Consumers Union)

The American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 62,000 pediatricians, has hired Ami Gadhia as an assistant director in its department of federal affairs, where she will work on a variety of child health issues.

Fast facts about Gadhia:

  • She was previously a senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, where she focused on auto, food and product safety issues.
  • Part of Gadhia’s role at Consumers Union was to testify before congressional committees, such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee on policy issues within her purview.
  • Some of the issues that Gadhia will focus on at AAP include preventing child abuse and neglect, improving the foster care and adoption system, and addressing toxic stress.
  • Gadhia is gearing up for the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which she hopes Congress will take up next year.
  • She started work at AAP in early July.

Gadhia says her work at Consumers Union prepared her well for work on a broad portfolio of issues at APP: “[I’m] used to juggling different agencies, different committees and jurisdictions.”

A profile of Gadhia appeared in the Sept. 29, 2014 issue of CQ Weekly.

August 1, 2014

Next Year’s Battle: CHIP Funding

At this time next year, a major battle will be brewing in Congress over the renewal of funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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July 8, 2014

HHS Agency Tangles on the Border

The White House today will unveil an emergency spending request to primarily address a child migration crisis on the southern border. The current deluge of unaccompanied children at the border is largely portrayed in the media as an immigration enforcement policy crisis, but the issue also impacts programs and spending for a quiet branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

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