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August 11, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office

Quite a bit this week as I wrap up before heading on vacation. I'll be away starting tomorrow and will back in the office on 8/25.

Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Update, Senate L-HHS Draft Bill
As Congress adjourns for the August summer recess, much work remains to finalize the twelve annual appropriations bills that fund federal programs. Lawmakers will return after Labor Day with limited time in session to make progress before recessing again for the November elections. Fiscal year 2015 (FY15) begins on October 1st, and legislators are likely to produce a stop-gap funding measure known as a continuing resolution (CR) which will maintain FY14 funding levels until after the elections. The outcome of these contests will play a significant role in deciding whether to finalize spending legislation during the lame-duck session at the end of the year, or leave it for the incoming 114th Congress to contend with in January.

The Labor-HHS-Education (L-HHS) Appropriations bill is traditionally the most controversial and progress on the FY15 measure has been slow. The House Appropriations Committee has not produced a draft bill and there has been no committee action at this point. The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the bill in subcommittee, but the threat of politically-sensitive amendments abruptly halted plans for full committee consideration. Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) took the unusual step of releasing a few of the draft appropriations bills, including the L-HHS draft bill and accompanying report, although the measures have not been officially approved by the full committee. Chairwoman Mikulski and retiring Senate L-HHS Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) hope that absent input from the House, the Senate L-HHS Subcommittee mark will provide key guidance on funding for health and education programs once a plan for finalizing the appropriations bills emerges.

The Senate's draft FY15 L-HHS Appropriations bill and subcommittee report include:
Of specific interest to AHECs; the Senate's draft FY 2015 L-HHS bill and committee report include $30.250 million for Area Health Education Centers Program, which is level funding with FY14.

Also:

  • $7.054 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an increase of $170.91 million over FY14
  • $30.46 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $605.67 million over FY14
  • $3.58 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a decrease of $42.66 million below FY14
  • $373.3 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), an increase of $2.29 million over FY14
  • $48.27 billion for the Department of Education (DoE), an increase of $499.87 million over FY14

Let Us Hear About and See When Members of Congress Visit Your AHEC

With the August Congressional recess underway, members of the U.S. House and Senate are back in their districts for the month. We hope that many of you have arranged for House and Senate members who serve your area to visit your AHEC or participate in an AHEC event during August. To inform our advocacy efforts, NAO would like to collect as many examples of these interactions with members of Congress as possible. If your member(s) of Congress visit your AHEC (or an AHEC event) or you visit with them during the August recess, please send a couple of sentences identifying the member(s) and describing the visit along with a picture, if possible, to me at rtrachtenberg@nationalahec.org. In fact, don't limit yourself to the August recess; send something whenever you host a visit. Every example you can provide will help!

GWU Cancer Institute

GW Cancer Institute is seeking partnerships with 5 AHEC chapters to each host one community roundtable. Roundtables will take place between October 2014 and September 2015, and will convene key stakeholders to strengthen relationships and integrate cancer and chronic disease efforts at the community, state, or regional level.

Selected roundtable hosts will each receive $3,000 to: work with the GW Cancer Institute to identify key issues, state-specific information, critical stakeholders, and priority outcomes from the roundtable; coordinate one roundtable, including recruiting participants, securing a meeting location and providing refreshments; facilitate the roundtable with the GW Cancer Institute; set goals with roundtable members to achieve priority outcomes; conduct follow-up with meeting participants to evaluate progress toward meeting goals and success of the roundtable; and advance integration efforts and participate in the evaluation of the roundtables with the GW Cancer Institute. The time commitment is expected to be 5 hours of preparation work and 10-15 hours of hosting the meeting and conducting follow-up with participants after the meeting. We welcome and encourage collaboration with other AHECs in hosting your roundtable.

To learn more and apply to become a roundtable host, please visit: http://www.gwumc.edu/smhs/gwci/cancercontrol/ Applications are due by Monday, August 25th.

NAO FY15 Fall Conference
Planning is just getting underway for the NAO fall conference, which will be held in the Washington, DC area. While the dates have not yet been locked in, I think it's fairly safe to assume that the conference will be either the second or third week in November. As soon as the hotel, location and dates get locked in we'll be in touch with more details. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!
Rob

2. AHECs Get Creative With Marketplace Trainings

  • Bryan AHEC in Ohio distributed 200 self-study guides!
  • Idaho AHEC met with 10 case workers who provide medical resources directly to refugee clients. Information about the ACA was given to these case workers in 10 languages that are common in the refugee communities in the Boise area.
  • Northwest Kentucky AHEC trained nursing students and faculty during one of their Marketplace trainings.

How are you training health professionals on the Health Insurance Marketplace? The AHEC Marketplace Project curriculum includes a fully-scripted PowerPoint slide show, glossary of terms and acronyms, state resource sheets and a CE self-study guide. Participate in the project to train 50 health professionals and/or staff on the Health Insurance Marketplace and earn $1,500! Review the Curriculum Roll-out training to get a closer look and see how AHECs can use these materials. There's still time to sign up! E-mail info@atracc.org.

Marketplace Enrollment: Lessons Learned
If you missed Dr. Pamela Roshell's session at the NAO Conference, now's your second chance! As Regional Director of Region 4 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she will discuss lessons learned from the first open enrollment period and what to expect from the next one in a webinar Thursday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. Eastern. She will also provide new resources to educate health professionals and consumers as part of the Coverage to Care Initiative. Register Now!

Residents Salary & Debt Report 2014

See what residents are saying about their training hours, amount of scut work, and relationships with their attendings.

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