Newsletter - January 2020
Today is the last day to apply for the
NIDDK-NHMA Travel Award Program!
Legislative Update
NHMA has supported Appropriations for medical education diversity programs as well as other key programs to advance the health of Latinos in the nation.

On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed spending bills that will fund the government until September 30, 2020. A provision included in the package raised federal tobacco buying age from 18 to 21. The spending package also includes a military and civilian federal worker pay raise, federal funding for security grants and gun research, and a repeal of three health care taxes to help pay for the Affordable Care Act.

The Labor-HHS-Education (Labor-HHS) spending bill, will provide the Title VII Health Professions and Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs with $684.5 million in FY 2020, a $42.8 million (7%) increase from FY 2019 levels.

As a reminder, the House Labor-HHS bill provided $680 million for previously funded programs, a $38.305 million (5.97%) increase from FY 2019 levels, while the Senate draft Labor-H committee report provided $633.506 million for previously funded programs in FY 2020, an $8.189 million (1.27%) decrease from FY 2019.

  • $15 million for HCOP (6% increase)
  • $24 million got Centers of Excellence (0% increase)

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training Program received $102 million, a $27 million (36%) increase over FY 2019 enacted levels. This increased allocation includes funding dedicated to the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Training Demonstration and Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce programs, which received first-time funding.

On January 2, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance outlining the agency's enforcement priorities for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes and e-liquids. The guidance would strip the market of popular fruit and mint pod-based flavors, but not tobacco and menthol. According to a federal survey , youth are attracted to flavors such as fruit and mint, much more so than tobacco or menthol flavored e-cigarettes.

New Benefits in 2020 are supported by CMS for Medicare Advantage Health Plans:
Starting in 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed MA plans to offer supplemental benefits, such as adult day care services or in-home and caregiver support services, and cost-sharing benefits for enrollees with certain conditions. CMS garnered a lot of attention when it tweaked its rules in 2019 to:

  • Allow home-based palliative care, non-skilled in-home support and services, and non-opioid pain management
  • Expand permissible benefits, such as by covering temporary home modifications and bathroom safety devices

For 2020, CMS Rules expanded permissible SDOH expenditures by plans for patients with chronic conditions. Plans will be able to:

  • Offer non-healthcare-related benefits that can improve or maintain health or overall function
  • Expand meal delivery
  • Provide transportation for non-medical needs like grocery shopping
  • Offer home environment services like air conditioning installation or repair

NHMA signed on to the following letters in December 2019:
  • NHMA joined other Partnership for Medicaid members to request the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare to extend its comment period for its new proposed rule, "Medicaid Program; Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation." Read the letter, here.
  • NHMA joined the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) in sending a comment on the September 19 Executive Order on Modernizing Influenza Vaccines in the United States to Promote National Security and Public Health. Read more, here:
Programs Update
Please check out and continue to support our Current Programs :

  • NHMA 2020 Annual Hispanic Health Conference
  • NIDDK/NHMA Travel Award
  • NIH All of Us Research Program
  • NHMA Chapters
  • NHMA Medical School Liaison Program
  • NHMA - CDC PACT - Let's Stop HIV Together
  • NHMA Seasonal Influenza Campaign
  • NHMA College Health Scholars Program
  • NHMA Stop Vaping Campaign
  • NHHF Scholarship Gala Photos
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  • LA
Membership Update
NHMA Members are hard at work being catalyst for change in their communities. Each serve in many different ways. 

What Are Our Members Up To?

The 4 major values of an NHMA membership are Advocacy, Education, Leadership Development and Networking. Our major benefits for health professionals consist of:

  • Opportunities to be nominated for commissions and advisory boards in the Federal government, private sector, and other national health professional associations.
  • Opportunities to mentor medical students and residents.
  • Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference (where you can also earn CME credits).
  • Opportunities to share your research either by being a speaker or poster presenter at our annual conference.
  • Network with other healthcare professionals at one of NHMA Regional Events.
Our major benefits for health professional students:

  • Opportunities to mentor college students
  • Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to share your research by being a poster presenter at our annual conference
  • Network with health professionals at one of NHMA Regional Events and Annual Conference

Ways You Can Get Involved With NHMA:

Anyone who would like to advance NHMA's mission and goals is welcome to join our network as a Premier or Basic member. Click below to see our membership options:

If you have received an award or attended an event and would like to be featured in our monthly Membership Update, please contact by the first Friday of every month.
Featured Announcements
The All of Us Research Program is a momentous effort funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all people of backgrounds. The program’s aim is to enroll 1 million or more volunteers and receive sample from communities who have been underrepresented in research, making the program the largest and most diverse resource of its kind. Read more about the program here:
NHMA is looking for providers to share information and promotions materials in their practice or waiting rooms about the All of Us Research Program. These information will discuss what the All of Us Research Program is and why it is important to participate in this momentous undertaking. If you are interested in receiving information to give to your patients, please go here (HYPERLINK: to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Melano at  
Upcoming Events
Other Events:

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
The University of Arizona College of Medicine

NHMA 24 th Annual Conference:
Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2020  at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Visit our website for more information: . Consider being a Speaker, Poster Presenter, participant in our Academic Development Session!

Centene Executives Dinner:
Friday, May 1, 2020 at the NHMA 24 th Annual Conference.

Virtual Events:
Thursday, January 16, 2020  Webinar
Fat or Fiction: The Science of Whole Milk Dairy Foods and Healthy Eating Patterns
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Flu Season Isn't Over Yet: The Importance of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines for High-Risk Groups
To participate, please use @NHMAmd #NHMAFluChat!
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1) NHHF Health Professional Student Scholarship and Mentoring
2) NHMA Resident Leadership Program.
3) NHMA Leadership Fellowship
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