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Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee voted to move forward with  legislation (HR 2810) calling for a permanent repeal to the Medicare's doc fix and therapy cap provisions.   If passed by both chambers and enacted by the President, these long sought reforms will become reality and improve finance and delivery of care to our partner agencies and the Medicare beneficiaries that depend on our network of agencies every day.  Read the full announcement from JFNA's Jonathan Westin.  Please feel free to contact Shelley Rood, AJFCA's Washington Director, for further information.

Taking Positive Steps Toward Medicare and Behavioral Health Reform


The Association of Jewish Family & Children's agencies (AJFCA) welcomed Vice President Joe Biden's announcement at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's (JDC) Centennial luncheon to launch an initiative together with the Jewish community to address the needs of Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the United States.  This announcement follows years of conversations between the White House, Members of Congress, and Jewish Family and Children's Service agencies and Federations to address the social service needs of Holocaust survivors through fundraising and legislative efforts such as the RUSH Act. Click here for details.

Vice President Biden Announces Initiative to Support Holocaust Survivors

"Jen's Law" Passes New Jersey Senate Committee, New Jersey Senate Democrats, December 5, 2013, by Adam Neary

AJFCA is proud of the advocacy efforts of Board Member, Jennifer Weiss.  "Jen's Law" would exempt sales tax for cosmetic make-up services performed in conjunction with reconstructive breast surgery, when directed by a physician.  At the final stage of breast reconstruction surgery, women often decide to use permanent cosmetic make-up to create the appearance of a pre-mastectomy breast.  The bill is named after Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, who had a double mastectomy after it was discovered that she had a high risk for getting breast cancer.  The legislation passed the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee by a vote of 7-0.

"Jen's Law" Passes New Jersey Senate Committee, New Jersey Senate Democrats, December 5, 2013, by Adam Neary