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Letters to Policymakers
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116th Congress (2019 to 2020)

AWHONN Communicates with the Administration and Members of Congress

AWHONN regularly interacts with Members of Congress, their staff, and key agency officials. Below is a selection of written communications to these important partners.

 

10/21/2019 AWHONN contacted House members Suzanne Bonamici and James Comer urging them to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 2694).  This bill will help to provide accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace that can help mitigate the risk of a pregnancy, while suggesting simple, low-cost or no-cost adjustments for the employer.
10/21/2019 AWHONN joined other organizations in a letter to House members Suzanne Bonamici and James Comer urging them to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 2694). This bill will help to provide accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace that can help mitigate the risk of a pregnancy, while suggesting simple, low-cost or no-cost adjustments for the employer.
10/16/2019 Along with 45 other organizations, AWHONN has expressed support to House members Frank Pallone and Greg Walden, for the ‘Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act’ (HR 2339). This bill seeks to ban the manufacturing of menthol cigarettes as they have been known increase smoking initiation and lead to greater addiction compared to non-menthol cigarettes.
9/20/19 AWHONN joined over 100 local, state, regional, and international organizations in urging Congress to direct $10 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program in Fiscal Year 2020. These funds will help implement initiatives designed foster collaboration across multiple sectors to promote evidence of the benefits of breastfeeding.
7/26/19 AWHONN received a letter of thanks from Rep. Steven Horsford (4th District, Nevada) for sharing our expertise and information on how Congress can create better policies to address the Black maternal health crisis. More information about the Black Maternal Health Caucus can be found here.
7/26/19 Marilyn Nibling, Chair of the 2019 AWHONN Public Policy Committee, reached out to Dr. Michael Warren of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to advocate for the continued activity on the part of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) in decreasing infant mortality.
7/15/19 AWHONN, along with over 60 other international, national, regional, state, local, and tribal organizations, undersigned a letter of gratitude to Representative Carol Miller for introducing the Small Airports Mothers’ Rooms Act of 2019. This legislation would extend provisions from the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act, and apply them to small airports by 2021.
7/3/19 Along with 19 other organizations, AWHONN respectfully urged Senators Blunt, Leahy, Murray, and Shelby, to include language in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill to support the Title X family planning.  This support will allow for Title X to continue serving a critical role in providing low-income and adolescent patients with access to family planning and preventative health services and information.
6/21/19 AWHONN and 27 other organizations recognized Senators Blunt and Murray, as well as Representatives DeLauro and Cole , for their commitment to increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. This letter includes language that requests federal investment specifically for women’s health research and to provide a current account of women’s health research initiatives at NIH.
6/18/19 As part of a coalition with over 180 other organizations AWHONN expressed gratitude to Senator Blumenthal and Representative Matsui , who introduced the Public Health Funding Restoration Act - a bill that will restore funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund), a source of funding created under the Affordable Care Act.
6/3/2019 Together with 37 organizations, AWHONN commended Reps. Sherrill and Upton for introducing H.R. 2822, the Family-to-Family (F2F) Reauthorization Act of 2019, to extend funding for F2F Information Centers for an additional five years, through FY 2024. This extension continues the bipartisan support that F2F has benefited from since its inception.
5/30/2019 Joined with over 60 other national health organizations, AWHONN requests that Senators Blunt and Murray include draft report language in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill on the role each agency plays in addressing gaps in maternal mental health for new and expectant mothers.
5/28/2019 Along with 75 other organizations, AWHONN partnered with the Family Planning Coalition to urge the Senate to provide strong support for Title X’s high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered care by adopting the House’s appropriation of $400 million and language protecting the program’s integrity in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
5/22/2019 AWHONN submitted a statement for the record to Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee regarding the Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed hearing on May 8, 2019.
3/28/2019 AWHONN joined seven other women’s health organizations in requesting inclusion of language addressing the lack of adequate public awareness and understanding of endometriosis in the House and Senate FY 2020 LHHS appropriations bill. Read the Senate Resolution designating March 2019 as Endometriosis Awareness Month.
3/07/2019 Along with almost 80 organizations, AWHONN urged Senators Cole and Murray, and Representatives Blunt and DeLauro, to allocate $698 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant in the FY2020 LHHS Bill. Funding for this grant will help states and jurisdictions design and implement a wide range of maternal and child health programs to fit the needs of their specific populations.
3/07/2019 As a member of the Friends of AHRQ, AWHONN joined 151 organizations in requesting $460 million in budget authority for AHRQ in FY2020. This funding level would allow AHRQ to rebuild portfolios terminated as a result of years of past cuts and expand its research and training portfolio to address our nation’s pressing and evolving health care challenges.
3/05/2019 AWHONN joined the Family Planning Coalition and 73 national organizations, urging Congress to use the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill to make a strong statement in support of Title X’s high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered family planning care by funding the program at $400 million. AWHONN supports federal funding of the Title X family planning program which helps ensure that millions of individuals can obtain high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.
2/21/2019 AWHONN joined 165 national, state, and local medical, public health, and research organizations asking the House and Senate to provide $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention.
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