Health Community Engagement Newsletter 4/22/2024

 Health Community Updates 

April 22, 2024


Remarks by President Biden on Lowering Healthcare Costs for Americans

On Wednesday, April 3rd, President Biden gave remarks on his efforts to lower health care costs. The President was joined by Senator Sanders (I-VT). "Bernie and I want to cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 a year for every American, not just seniors. We’re here today to talk about how we’re lowering prices and cracking down on un- — unfair competition in prescription drugs."

To read the President's full remarks, click here.

Biden-Harris Administration on the Care Economy

FACT SHEET: On One-Year Anniversary of President Biden’s Care EO, the Biden-⁠Harris Administration Celebrates New Progress toward Providing Care and Other Supportive Services for Workers

Workers cannot train for or stay in good jobs if they cannot meet basic needs, such as access to child care and transportation. That is why supportive services are critical to building the workforce necessary to carry out President Biden’s Investing in America (IIA) agenda. Building on the Department of Commerce’s historic requirement that companies receiving major CHIPS and Science Act grants provide child care for their workers, the President’s Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers (Care EO) directed every cabinet-level agency to determine how they can require, preference, or encourage their own federal funding applicants to provide supportive services, including care, for workers.

On Wednesday, April 17th, Senior Biden-Harris Administration officials, Governor Tina Kotek of Oregon, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York, and Governor Maura Healey of Massachusetts along with tradeswomen, care advocates, and business community representatives convened for a Making Care Work event. Participants announced new actions that advance President Biden’s call to strengthen the nation’s Care Economy and discuss the importance of supportive services, including child care and long-term care, for building a skilled, diverse workforce.

To read the full fact sheet, click here. Watch the livestream here.

FACT SHEETS & READ OUTS: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Highlights Substantial Progress on the President’s Care Agenda During Month of Action on Care

During Care Workers Recognition Month, the Biden-Harris Administration is marking the progress we have made to make care more affordable for American families, support family caregivers, boost compensation and job quality for care workers, and expand care options. The President’s most recent budget proposes the following: affordable, high-quality child care and universal preschool; child tax credit; long-term care and family caregiving; and a national paid family and medical leave program.

To read the full fact sheet, click here.

On Tuesday, April 2nd, Tom Perez, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jennifer Klein, Assistant to the President and Director of the Gender Policy Council, convened state leaders to discuss legislative efforts to pass paid family and medical leave for workers as well as to learn from states that have implemented successful programs.

To read the full White House readout, click here.On Thursday, April 11th, Senior Biden-Harris Administration officials hosted advocates from across the country, including early educators, home- and community-based care workers, family caregivers, veterans, people with disabilities, and older Americans. Participants in the convening highlighted the substantial progress the Biden-Harris Administration has made toward making care more affordable for American families, supporting family caregivers, boosting compensation and job quality for care workers, and expanding care options.  
As a part of Care Workers Recognition Month, the convening honored the coalition driving the care agenda in communities across the country and highlighted the stories of Americans from all care sectors: childcare, home- and community-based services for older Americans and people with disabilities, family caregivers, and paid family and medical leave.

To read the White House readout, click here.On Monday, April 22nd, Vice President Harris announced two landmark final rules that fulfill the President’s commitment to safety in care, improving access to long-term care and the quality of caregiving jobs. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and to have access to quality care. Ensuring that all Americans, including older Americans and people with disabilities, have access to care – including home-based care – that is safe, reliable, and of high quality is an important part of the President’s agenda and a part of the President’s broader commitment to care. These announcements deliver on the President’s promise in the State of the Union to crack down on nursing homes that endanger resident safety as well as his historic Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers, which included the most comprehensive set of executive actions any President has taken to improve care for millions of seniors and people with disabilities while supporting care workers and family caregivers.

To read the full White House fact sheet, click here.

Biden-Harris Administration Approach to Global Health

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases Strategy to Strengthen Global Health Security

The White House launched the U.S. Global Health Security Strategy (GHSS) to protect the health, lives, and economic well-being of the American people and people throughout the world. Building on progress achieved since 2019 and incorporating lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Health Security Strategy lays out a path to deliver on the goals in the 2022 National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan and the bipartisan Global Health Security and International Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response Act of 2022, which was enacted as part of the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023

The 2024 U.S. Global Health Security Strategy sets out three goals to guide the United States’ affirmative agenda to advance global health security:

  • Strengthen Global Health Security Capacities through Bilateral Partnerships.

  • Catalyze Political Commitment, Financing, and Leadership to Achieve Health Security.

  • Increase Linkages Between Health Security and Complementary Programs to Maximize Impact.

To read the full fact sheet, click here.

FACT SHEET: Update on the United States Commitment to Expanding Access to Medicines Around the World

Since day one, Biden-Harris Administration has worked to ensure the United States is better prepared for the next pandemic. U.S. national security and prosperity depend on countries around the world being prepared to prevent outbreaks when possible, and to rapidly detect and respond to emerging infectious disease threats when they occur. 

The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to expanding access to MCMs around the world, including through investments in innovation, research and development; building sustainable global manufacturing and supply chain capacity; providing vaccines, tests and treatments and support for their delivery; expanding pandemic response financing for MCMs; and strengthening legal and regulatory systems.

To read the full fact sheet, click here.

Reproductive Health: Statements from the President and Vice President on Protecting Reproductive Rights

Statement from President Joe Biden on Arizona Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Abortion Ban from 1864

Statement from President Joe Biden on Florida Supreme Court Decision
Remarks by Vice President Harris at a Reproductive Freedoms Organizing Event

FACT SHEET: Extreme House Republican Plan Would Cut Medicare and Social Security While Slashing Taxes for Big Corporations and the Wealthy

New state-by-state analysis shows how the Republican Study Committee budget would also worsen wait times for seniors who call for assistance with Medicare and Social Security

During his State of the Union Address, President Biden made clear that he will always stand up for America’s seniors and stand in the way of any Congressional Republicans who try to cut Social Security and Medicare. He laid out his vision for a future where we make the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share while protecting and strengthening these bedrock programs that hardworking Americans pay into their entire working lives.

Less than two weeks later, the Republican Study Committee—which speaks for 80% of House Republicans and 100% of their leadership—released an extreme budget that takes direct aim at Medicare and Social Security

To read the full fact sheet, click here.

White House Health Proclamations

Proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week

Proclamation on National Public Health Week

Proclamation on National Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Month

Proclamation on National Donate Life Month

HHS Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)

  • HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship Program: Eligible nursing students can apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program.  If accepted, HRSA will pay your tuition, fees, and other educational costs, along with a monthly stipend. In return, after you graduate, you work at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses (critical shortage facility).  You are eligible if you are a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident; are an accepted or enrolled student in a nursing degree program at a United States accredited school of nursing; begin classes no later than September 30; don’t have any federal judgment liens; don’t have an existing service commitment; and aren’t overdue on a federal debt.  The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program application is open now through May 2, 7:30 p.m. ET.  For more information, visit HRSA’s website.

  • Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP): 
    The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP) supports training programs that increase the skills and knowledge of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who provide services to families affected by opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders. Additionally, the program focuses on supporting children and adolescents in high-need and high-demand areas who have experienced trauma and are at risk for mental health disorders.  HRSA will award approximately $16.8 million to up to 28 grantees over a period of four years through this funding opportunity. Eligible applicants include state-licensed mental health nonprofit and for-profit organizations, such as universities, community colleges, and technical schools; domestic community-based organizations; and tribes and tribal organizations.  Applications are due by May 6, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can find more information here.  

  • Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP): The CCP is a short-term disaster relief grant for states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes. CCP grants are awarded after a presidential disaster declaration. CCP funding supports community-based outreach, counseling, and other mental health services to survivors of natural and human-caused disasters. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit here.

  • Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants: This program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit here.

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