Introduce your organization to the 116th Congress with this easy to use, drafted letter in our Policy Action Center! Open the letter, add a paragraph about your organization, and within a few clicks – your Senators and Representatives will know you stand as a valuable in district, subject matter expert. Send your letter today!  

Make your voice heard on the government shutdown and its impact on your community. As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, our communities and organizations have become even more constrained from providing necessary resources to our clients. Funding for programs like SNAP, TANF, Section 8, USDA Housing Programs, VAWA, and others have lapsed or will lapse soon. Please take five minutes to call your U.S. representatives and senators using this easy call script and tool that identifies your members of congress and their phone numbers.  

There are two relevant requests for comment on proposed rulemaking or report markup:  

Request for Comment: Revised Syntax Used to Calculate Statewide Data Indicators for Child and Family Services Reviews

There is a new opportunity for additional independent review from state child welfare agencies, partner organizations, and the public to review, test, and provide comments prior to finalizing the revised syntax to perform data quality checks and calculate observed performance on the statewide data indicators. Interested parties may contact the Alliance Public Policy and Mobilization Office on “Revised syntax used to calculate Statewide Data Indicators.” Comments are due Feb. 25.  

Request for Information on Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is issuing this request for information to assist OCR in identifying provisions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations that may impede transformation to value based health care or that limit or discourage coordinated care among individuals and covered entities (including hospitals, physicians, and other providers, payors and insurers), without meaningfully contributing to the protection of the privacy or security of individuals’ protected health information. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments through the Alliance’s survey, which will be used to develop a coordinated response. The deadline to respond to the survey is Feb 1. Individual comments are due Feb. 12.  

Visit the Alliance Policy Action Center or call the new policy hotline at 414-359-6626 to:  

  • Submit stories on federally funded programs that support people and communities
  • Share stories of the impact of outdated or unnecessary regulations

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