March of Dimes Foundation 2014 Advocacy Priorities
Access - Improve access to health care services provided by public and private insurance; promote development and utilization of quality measures across health care settings; and support initiatives to improve the health of infants and children living with birth defects and health problems associated with preterm birth.
Birth Defects Surveillance - Promote surveillance and research at the state, federal, and international levels.
Prevention Treatment - Support initiatives for smoking, alcohol and substance abuse prevention; promote health education regarding healthy pregnancy, including folic acid and preconception care; support immunization programs, efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, and research to develop new vaccines; promote initiatives to improve prematurity risk detection and pregnancy management; and support initiatives to expand newborn screening.
Tax-Exempt - Protect tax-exempt organizations and charitable contributions in federal and state tax codes.
Upcoming Advocacy Events:
- MOD 101: Stronger, Healthier Babies on Wednesday, January 22 - Greet legislators and their staff as they return to Albany for the 2014 legislative session at the New York State Legislative Office Building and distribute informational materials explaining March of Dimes mission and programs.
- Advocacy Day 2014 on Tuesday, May 13
Please contact Caitlin Conner, State Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs, at 518-453-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to participate in the above events or have any questions.
Issue Highlight: PREEMIE Reauthorization Act Becomes Law!
The PREEMIE Reauthorization Act was signed into law by President Obama on November 27, 2013. The law renews federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality for another five years. March of Dimes championed this important initiative for three years. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who supported this advocacy effort by calling, emailing or meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill!
2014 - 2015 Budget Timeline:
- Completed! - 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 Cuomo presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature.
Next Step - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills.
Next Step - Governor Cuomo reviews budget bills passed by the legislature – may use line item veto.
Next Step - Enacted Budget.
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.com/advocacy/actioncenter.html to register!
Did you know...
- Dave Smingler was nominated as the 2014 Advocacy & Government Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations, Dave!
- 91,103 New Yorker's have enrolled in health insurance plans using New York's health plan marketplace (as of December 5, 2013).
- RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States.