Here you will find helpful analysis of pending legislation, including side-by-side comparisons of bills and other useful summaries.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): Opportunities for Human Services
WIOA was signed into law in July 2014, and for the first time, made the temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program a mandatory partner in the American Job Centers (formerly one-stop delivery system), unless the governor opts TANF out. WIOA also provides opportunities for integrating other state and local employment and training programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training and for improving job-related services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
A summary of the major provisions impacting human services is available here.
APHSA has published the following updated side-by-side comparison of SNAP provisions in the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. House and Senate conferees are now working to resolve differences and to report a compromise version. (October 2013)
The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2012, but Congress passed a one-year extension to expire in September 2013. The proposed 2013 bill will cut a significant funding from SNAP, among many other provisions. APHSA has provided a side-by-side comparison of SNAP reauthorization provisions in the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. (June 2013)
The 2012 Farm Bill Reauthorization reforms current programs, strengthens policies and ensures that farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to produce an abundant supply of affordable food. Congress has proposed many different ways to cut down the overall cost of the bill. This document, provided by APHSA, is a side-by-side comparison of the latest Farm Bill Reauthorization legislation with the current law, the House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill and the Senate Farm Bill. (July 2012)
On May 10, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a Budget Reconciliation bill, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012. This legislation calls for the repeal of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program as one of many strategies to address the federal government deficit. APHSA conducted a phone survey in July 2012 of 26 state offices, including the District of Columbia and Guam to understand how these states use SSBG funds. This document, States’ Utilization of SSBG Funds and its Impact on Services, examines how funds are accounted for and what the ultimate impact would be on people in need if these funds were cut or the program repealed. This report provides a national cross-section of the importance of SSBG funding to state public health and human service agencies and the people they serve. (September 2012)
On March 23rd, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The ACA includes numerous provisions that have a significant direct impact on states and the delivery of human services. APHSA has been monitoring the implementation of the Act and the possible upcoming challenges constitutionally. This document, Supreme Court Hears Historic ACA Case, is provided to assist our APHSA members in their understanding of the arguments brought before the Supreme Court. (March 2012)