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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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    Advocate

    The 2016 New York State Legislative Session has begun!

    Governor Cuomo presented his State of the State Address and 2016-2017 Executive Budget presentation in early January. Legislators have returned to Albany and are now reviewing the budget proposal and hosting public hearings. March of Dimes is working hard to ensure that critical maternal and infant health programs are funded as budget negotiations get underway. Stay tuned for updates! 

    Upcoming Events: 

      • Tuesday, June 7 - Advocacy Day 2016 at the New York State Capitol
        • Are you interested in lending your voice to New York's moms and babies? Contact us to learn how you can help today!

    Issue Highlight: 2016-2017 Budget Highlights

    $3 million appropriation for Nurse-Family Partnership – March of Dimes will be advocating for an increase to this appropriation to $5 million.

    $23.2 million appropriation for Healthy Families New York – March of Dimes will be advocating for an increase to this appropriation to $27.8 million.

    $12.1 million appropriation for Community Optional Preventive Services – March of Dimes will be advocating for the maintenance of this funding during budget negotiations.

    $35 million (approximation) appropriation for tobacco programming – March of Dimes will be advocating for the maintenance of this funding during budget negotiations. 

    $8.5 million (approximation) appropriation for immunization programming – March of Dimes will be advocating for the maintenance of this funding during budget negotiations.

    2016 - 2017 Budget Timeline:

    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.

    • March of Dimes issued a letter to Governor Cuomo and the Division of the Budget calling for continued funding of Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families New York, and Community Optional Preventive Programs.

    Governor presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature. 

    • March of Dimes issued a letter to Governor Cuomo and the Division of the Budget calling for an increase in the appropriations for Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families New York.

    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/advocacy.aspx to register! 

    Did you know... 

      • March of Dimes hosted an FDR Birthday Bash at the New York State Capitol in January.  
      • New York was the first state to designate pregnancy as a qualifying life event, creating a special enrollment period for pregnant women to purchase health insurance.
      • The New York Chapter earned 10 advocacy wins last year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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