Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Committee Drafts Policy on Welfare Reform, Health Issues

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Committee Drafts Policy on Welfare Reform, Health Issues

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The National League of Cities Human Development (HD) Steering Committee drafted policy on welfare reform, early childhood development, children's health and public health preparedness during its fall meeting in Waco, Tex.

The meeting was chaired by Indianapolis Councilor Rozelle Boyd and hosted by Waco Mayor Linda Ethridge.

Welfare Reform

In light of the pending reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) block grant, the committee drafted welfare reform language on six issues: (1) marriage promotion; (2) teenage pregnancy prevention; (3) fatherhood initiatives; (4) populations with significant barriers to employment; (5) transitional jobs; and (6) minimum wage.

The committee also drafted an HD Resolution on the upcoming reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

Early Childhood Development

Regarding early childhood development, the committee drafted language on parenting, child care, and Head Start.

The committee drafted comprehensive policy in support of federal funding for local parenting programs and strengthened current language in support of increased funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant to guarantee "child care for all families who need it." Because of Head Start's pending reauthorization, the committee also strengthened the language in support of Head Start and Early Head Start.

Health

With 9 million children still uninsured, the committee drafted policy in support of presumptive health insurance at birth sponsored by the federal government. In the interim, the committee supported more funds for outreach to uninsured families about Medicaid and the State--Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP).

In light of the pending nursing shortage, the committee also strengthened language to encourage Americans to join and remain in the nursing profession. …

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