Policies & positions

The March of Dimes advocates for women, infants, children and families across a wide range of issues at the federal and state levels.  Broadly, our advocacy priorities fall into four major categories:

  • Access to care:  health insurance, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, quality improvement, health information technology, and more
  • Research and surveillance:  maternal and child health research, medical research issues, newborn screening, birth defects surveillance, and more
  • Prevention and education:  prematurity prevention, tobacco prevention, immunizations, substance abuse, folic acid promotion, environmental health, and more
  • Tax-exempt organization issues:  tax treatment of charitable contributions, postal rates, pension issues, non-profit organizations’ activities, and more

Check below regularly for a sample list of documents stating March of Dimes policies and positions on an array of maternal and child health priorities, including Congressional testimony, endorsement of legislation, letters to agencies about regulations or other initiatives, and sign-on letters.

Latest Activities:

2017

2016

  • March of Dimes Urges Congress not to Repeal without Replacing, Affordable Care Act, December 12, 2016
  • Coalition Letter of Support to Congress for the Zika funding provisions in current draft of the CR (H.R. 5325), September 28, 2016
  • Coalition Letter to US House & Senate Leadership, Pass Zika Package Immediately, September 6, 2016
  • Coalition Letter to US House & Senate Leadership re: Pass Zika Funding, August 3, 2016 
  • Coalition Letter to US House & Senate Leadership, Pass Zika Funding Before Recess, July 13, 2016
  • Coalition Letter to US Senate & Leadership re: Zika Funding, June 28, 2016
  • Coalition Letter to US Senate Conferees, Zika Funding, June 14, 2016
  • Coalition Letter to US House Conferees, Zika Funding, June 6, 2016
  • March of Dimes Urge Passage of TSCA Reform, Senate, May 25, 2016
  • March of Dimes Urge Passage of TSCA Reform, House, May 23, 2016
  • March of Dimes Endorsement Letter, Healthy Start Reauthorization Act, May 25, 2016
  • March of Dimes-led Coalition Letter to House, Zika Funding, May 18, 2016
  • March of Dimes-led Coalition Letter to Senate, Zika Funding, May 13, 2016
  • Group Letter to Pres. Obama, FDA Tobacco Deeming Rule, April 13, 2016
  • Group Letter to US House Opposing Ozone Standards Implementation Act, April 13, 2016
  • March of Dimes Medicaid Expansion Act Endorsement, April 6, 2016
  • March of Dimes-led Coalition Letter to House and Senate leadership, Zika supplemental, April 5, 2016
  • Coalition Letter to US FDA on New Tobacco Products, February 26, 2016
  • March of Dimes Letter to US Senate Environ. & Public Works and US House Energy & Commerce Committees, Lead Exposure, February 24, 2016
  • Group Sign-on Letter to US Senate & US House Appropriations Leadership, Zika Supplemental, February 23, 2016
  • March of Dimes & Partners Letter to US Food & Drug Admin., Folic Acid Corn Masa Fortification, February 10, 2016
  • Group Letter to US House in support of Tobacco Control Measure included in Trans-Pacific Partnership, February 3, 2016
  • Group Comments to the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development on Smoke-free Housing, January 19, 2016
  • March of Dimes Comments to the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development on Smoke-free Housing, January 15, 2016
  • Group Comments re: Newborn Screening, Proposed Changes to Common Rule, January 6, 2016
  • Maternal and Child Health Groups Comments, Proposed Changes to Common Rule, January 6, 2016
  • March of Dimes Comments, Proposed Changes to Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule), January 4, 2016

2015

  • Coalition Letter on Tobacco Cessation to the US Dept. of HHS, Labor & Treasury, November 12, 2015
  • Coalition Letter on Tax Extenders to US House and Senate Leadership, October 21, 2015
  • March of Dimes Folic Acid Study Letter to US Food & Drug Administration, October 19, 2015 
  • March of Dimes Letter of Support, US House Vaccines Resolution, October 9, 2015
  • Coalition Letter on Pediatric Coverage in 2017 Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plans, October 1, 2015
  • March of Dimes Comment Letter to FDA Acting Commissioner on Nicotine Exposure Warnings and Child-Resistant Packaging for Liquid Nicotine, September 30, 2015
  • March of Dimes Letter of Support, Bringing Post Partum Out of Shadows, September 22, 2015
  • Joint Statement on Congress Intervening on WIC Food Package, September 15, 2015
  • Tobacco Coalition Letter to House Approps Opposing Provision, September 10, 2015
  • Tobacco Coalition Letter to Senate Approps Opposing Provision, September 10, 2015
  • Joint Letter to US Congress on Tax Extenders, September 10, 2015
  • NDD United Letter to Congress Opposing Sequestration & Recommending Balanced Budget Approach, September 10, 2015
  • Joint Letter to Precision Medicine Working Group for PMI Children Inclusion, September 2, 2015
  • March of Dimes Comments on the Proposed Privacy and Trust Principles (“the Principles”) related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, July 27, 2015
  • March of Dimes Comments to Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Managed Care Proposed Rule, July 27, 2015
  • Coalition Letter in Support of TRICARE in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to NDAA Conferees, July 13, 2015
  • Joint Letter to Rep. DeLauro in Support of the Wise Investment in Our Children Act, July, 13, 2015
  • March of Dimes Endorsement Letter, Healthy MOM Act, July 1, 2015
  • Coalition Endorsement Letter, HR 1859, Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care Act, June 23, 2015
  • Coalition Letter for Women, Infants and Children Program Funding Request, June 16, 2015 
  • March of Dimes Letter Supporting the Prevention and Public Health Fund, June 22, 2015
  • Joint Letter to US Sec Burwell Regarding Qualified Health Plans, April 28, 2015
  • Coalition Letter on Tax Reform to Senate Finance Committee, April 15, 2015
  • March of Dimes Comments on Food & Nutrition Services Proposed Rule Change to CACFP, April 15, 2015 
  • Coalition Letter to Senate & House Armed Services Committee Leadership Regarding TRICARE, April 15, 2015
  • March of Dimes Endorsement Letter, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, March 24, 2015
  • Dr. Edward McCabe, March of Dimes Testimony, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing on Toxic Substances Control Act, March 18, 2015
  • Joint Sign-on Letter to Sen. Udall and Sen. Vitter Commending Efforts to Amend Toxic Substances Control Act, March 10, 2015
  • Coalition Letter to US Depart. of Labor, Treasury, and HHS re: Proposed Rule on Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary, March 2. 2015
  • Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Extend Children's Health Insurance Program, February 26, 2015
  • Coalition Letter to HHS re: Consumer and public health representatives on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, February 11, 2015
  • March of Dimes Testimony, U.S. Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Immunizations, February 10, 2015
  • March of Dimes Comments to the FDA on Laboratory Developed Tests, February 2, 2015
  • March of Dimes Amicus Curiae Briefing-King v. Burwell (full text), January 28, 2015
  • Coalition Letter Urging NIH to Use National Children’s Study Funds Appropriately, January 21, 2015

See also: Federal Advocacy and State Advocacy.