H.R. 2927-
To authorize Hispanic-serving institutions receiving grants under Part A of title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965
to use such grant amounts to assist students in entering medical schools, and for other purposes.

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H.R. 5529
- Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act 

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CALL TO ACTION!
 
September 15, 2017
 
This week, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Bill was introduced in the Senate as a last effort to Repeal the ACA this year. NHMA is not in favor of this bill, that will do the following:
  • Eliminate the ACA’s marketplace subsidies and enhanced matching rate for the Medicaid expansion and replace them with an inadequate block grant. Block grant funding would be well below current law federal funding for coverage, would not adjust based on need, would disappear altogether after 2026, and could be spent on virtually any health care purpose, with no requirement to offer low- and moderate-income people coverage or financial assistance.
  • Convert Medicaid’s current federal-state financial partnership to a per capita cap, which would cap and cut federal Medicaid per-beneficiary funding for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.
  • Destabilize the individual insurance market in the short run — by eliminating federal subsidies to purchase individual market coverage and eliminating the ACA’s individual mandate to have insurance or pay a penalty — and in the long run. After 2026, once the bill’s block grant funding ends, it would amount to repeal of the ACA’s major coverage provisions with no replacement — an approach that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated would cause 32 million people to lose coverage and lead individual markets to collapse in most of the country.

Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 

 
 
May 26, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

Join the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) in telling Congress that any effort to structurally change Medicaid (by block grant or caps) and the SNAP Program will be dangerous for the American people, especially those who rely on these programs for livelihood of their families. Millions of Americans would not be able to enjoy a healthy status and function in our society. 

We especially are opposed to the elimination of the Federal HRSA diversity health professions programs of Title VII – the Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Centers of Excellence which have provided counseling on academic preparation to apply to and to graduate from health professions schools, to increase the much needed Latinos in the health professions.

Other Major Budget Changes:

Reform Health Care ($903 billion) – Overall, the budget would reduce projected health spending by about $1.9 trillion, while reducing health-related revenue (mainly from the ACA’s taxes and mandates) by $1 trillion, for net savings of $903 billion. The budget assumes $250 billion of net savings from repealing and replacing the ACA, offering support for the broad framework (but not the precise specifics) of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The budget calls for an additional $610 billion in Medicaid reductions on top of any coming from “repeal and replace.” These savings would come from converting the program into a block grant or per capita cap starting in 2020, which is almost identical to the Medicaid changes already included in the AHCA. Finally, the budget would save about $55 billion from enacting medical malpractice reform to reduce health costs.

Restructure Safety Net Programs ($272 billion) – The President’s proposes a number of reductions and reforms to safety net programs. Most significant, the budget would reduce the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or “food stamps”) by $193 billion by limiting eligibility, changing benefit calculations, charging a fee to SNAP-authorized retailers, and requiring states to eventually match one-quarter of all SNAP costs. It would also reduce Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grants by 10 percent and eliminate Social Services Block Grants, saving a combined $38 billion. The budget also saves $40 billion by requiring taxpayers to provide a Social Security Number in order to receive the Child Tax Credit and/or Earned Income Tax Credit.

Spending decreases are largely driven by cuts to discretionary programs, Medicaid, welfare-related programs, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, student loans, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STIs and TB prevention, other CDC prevention and public health preparedness and response programs, community mental health block grant program, unaccompanied children detention centers, and the refugee program, and other mandatory programs.

Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 

 

 

 
January 27, 2017
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
Congress is now reviewing bills that are coming forth from the Senate and House committee, and they are reviewing possible replacements for the Affordable Care Act. It is imperative that they consider a replacement that allows for affordable health care insurance and access to quality and preventative care.
 
Prior to the ACA, providers were not encouraged to coordinate their patients' care or communicate with their patients's other providers about their care. Benefits such a rewarding or encouraging providers to coordinate care are especially important to our communities who have people who see multiple providers.
 
We urge you to call your Senator and congressional Representative and tell them that there needs to be a meaningful replacement to the Affordable Care Act, so that our communities can still have affordable health care insurance, quality and preventative care.
 
Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 
 

 

 
 
CALL TO ACTION!
 
January 27, 2017
 

 

 

We urge you to call your Senator and congressional Representative to protect the people who signed up under DACA and to give them the opportunity to make their American Dream a reality.

 

The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act is a piece of bi-partisan legislation that would provide legal status to DACA recipients and others who are not but would have otherwise been eligible, for three years until Congress provides a more permanent solution.

 

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who re-introduced the bill on the Senate side says "These young people have much to offer the country and we stand to benefit from the many contributions they will make to America." Congressman Luis Gutierrez(D-IL), who introduced the bill on the house side says "We need to do whatever we can to protect the DACA recipients who are already working on-the-books and not move backward to strip them of legal status." 

 

Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 
 

 

 

National Democratic Committee Platform Committee- Testimony on Health Disparities Click here

 

NHLA Letter Urges Opposition to Repeal without Replace & to Defunding Planned Parenthood Click here


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