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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

220 West Exchange St. #003

Providence, RI  02903

(401) 454-1911

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    Advocate

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    The 2015 legislative session officially ended in late June! Thanks to your advocacy efforts several critical bills that will improve maternal and infant health - pregnancy accommodation in the workplace, designating pregnancy as a qualifying life event, and requiring immunization against meningococcal disease - were passed by the New York State Legislature. Now we wait for these bills to be signed into law by Governor Cuomo!  Stay tuned for updates... 

    Upcoming Events: 

      • November - Prematurity Awareness Month District Visits

    Issue Highlight: King v. Burwell

    The Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of tax subsidies provided to those who purchase health insurance through Health Insurance Marketplaces, regardless of whether those Marketplaces are established and maintained by states or the federal government!

    In King v. Burwell, a group of individuals challenged the availability of tax credits to purchase health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), arguing that one phrase in the voluminous law limited the availability of tax credits only to coverage purchased through Health Insurance Marketplaces established by states. If this case had succeeded, tax subsidies to make coverage affordable would have been denied to the millions of Americans who have purchased plans through Health Insurance Marketplaces operated by the federal government.

    In January, the March of Dimes joined other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court urging rejection of the petitioners’ arguments, making three key legal arguments:

    • The ACA made specific connections between Exchanges and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that do not function as intended if the petitioners’ argument is accepted.
    • The express purpose of the ACA was to provide access to affordable health insurance for all Americans. A legal interpretation that ends access to tax credits, and therefore affordable coverage, for millions of Americans contradicts that purpose. 
    • A key goal of the ACA was to provide access to coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as pregnant women. Without affordable coverage, they will be unable to access vital health services, an outcome that was clearly not intended by the law.

    2016 - 2017 Budget Timeline:

    Next Step - The Division of the Budget sends Agency Call Letter to all agency heads. Agency heads submit budget requests that comply with instructions in the Agency Call Letter to the Division of the Budget.

    Next Step - Governor presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature. 

    Next Step - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills.

    Next Step - Governor reviews budget bills passed by the New York State Legislature - may use line item veto.

    Next Step - Enacted Budget.

    Stay Informed:

    Join the March of Dimes advocacy network to receive occasional emails about key legislation important to moms and babies. The advocacy network is made up of volunteers and staff who promote the March of Dimes mission by contacting the governor and state legislators in response to New York Chapter action alerts. We need your help - every voice makes a difference!

    Do you know who represents you in the U.S. Senate or the New York State Assembly? Find out by joining the March of Dimes advocacy network!

    Visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/advocacy/actioncenter.html to register! 

    Did you know...

      • The New York Chapter was recognized for innovations in advocacy by the Foundation's Office of Government Affairs for work on maternal depression legislation in 2014.
      • New York State was the first to pass legislation designating pregnancy as a qualifying life event! Now we wait for Governor Cuomo to review the bill and sign it into law.
      • The New York State Legislature passed 718 bills during the 2015 session. 

     

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