2017

December 21: CDC Coalition letter to Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan expressing concern over reports of CDC’s restrictions on use of 7 words

December 21: Prevent Blindness joins 1,000 organizations asking Congress to act quickly to extend Children’s Health Insurance Program for 5 years

November 20: Prevent Blindness joins 60 patient groups in a letter to Congressional tax reform conferees regarding health provisions in tax reform legislation

November 27: Prevent Blindness Letter to HHS on Essential Health Benefits rqeuirements

November 1: Prevent Blindness supports Veterans Administration proposal to expand telehealth

October 27: Letter to Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan regarding the FY2019 HHS Congressional Justification

October 3: Prevent Blindness letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee members requesting an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

September 25: Statement for the record to the Senate Finance Committee regarding the Graham-Cassidy-Johnson-Heller amendment

September 17: Trust for America’s Health letter of support for the CDC’s REACH program in FY2018 funding

September 5: Welcome letter to Jerome Adams, United States Surgeon General

September 5: Prevent Blindness, the only eye health organization on the March of Dimes’ Zika Coalition, signs coalition letter to House Appropriators supporting increased funding to support Zika birth defects surveillance efforts at the CDC

September: Prevent Blindness opposes Graham-Cassidy Bill

August 30: Coalition letter from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to Senate Appropriations Committee members requesting increased funding for CDC and HRSA

April 26: Prevent Blindness supports maintaining Essential Health Benefits that include access to eye care for children

August 8: Welcome letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Brenda Fitzgerald

July 25: Prevent Blindness advocates for essential health benefits that includes children’s vision benefits

June 27: Congressional Vision Caucus “Dear Colleague” letter to House of Representatives

June 17: Prevent Blindness one of 500 public health organizations to send a letter to Senate leadership opposing elimination of the CDC’s Prevention and Public Health Fund

June 16: Welcome letter to Health Resources and Services Administration letter to newly-appointed Administrator George Sigounas

June 2: Prevent Blindness leads a coalition of 102 organizations on a letter to Senate leadership requesting the maintenance of “essential health benefits” as defined under the ACA in healthcare reform legislation

June 2: Prevent Blindness signs coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees to sustain FY2017 funding levels for the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

June 2: Prevent Blindness joins vision groups asking Senate leaders to retain essential health benefits in the Senate healthcare reform legislation

June 2: Testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on FY18 Labor-HHS appropriations

May 23: Recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee regarding healthcare reform legislation

March 17: Prevent Blindness letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price

February 10: “I Am Essential” Coalition letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price regarding the essential health benefits provision under ACA