Federal Policy Updates & Resources

We are closely tracking federal policy changes to health care and education and working with other state organizations, policymakers, and our field to protect the significant gains we have made over the years. Schools and school-based health centers are critical supports for young people and their families. We are committed to protecting access to health care for all and ensuring that schools and communities are safe spaces for all. 

We are also collecting information from our partners and will continue to update this page with information about recent changes, what to anticipate, and how to support children and families as a new President and Congress implement their vision for America.

Check out our recorded webinar: What Now for School Health? State & Federal Policy Update from February 6, 2017. We discuss the changes we anticipate, their impact on school-based health care, and how the school health field can prepare and respond. Play the Recorded WebinarDownload the Presentation.

Health Care

  • Understanding the GOP proposed ACA repeal – On March 6, Republicans in the House of Representatives released two bills that create the plan for their repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the legislation keeps some popular pieces of the ACA, it makes significant changes to key safety-net programs and undermines access to care for low-income communities and families. Read analysis and opinions of the bills from our partners: FamiliesUSA, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Budget & Policy Center, and Health Access
  • Health care 2017 – CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, affiliated with the California Primary Care Association, created a number of resources outlining possible impacts of the change in administration and advocacy opportunities for community health centers. The comprehensive analysis and webinar of the major health care policy proposals offer very good information on likely changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medi-Cal.
  • Health equity and the future of the ACA – Our partners at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network hosted this webinar that provides an overview of the 2017 landscape and what federal proposals to repeal the ACA might mean for the health of communities of color in California.
  • Stories about the ACA – HealthAccess is collecting stories about the ACA and the impact it has made on our communities. They are looking for stories that will illustrate the true impact of the decisions made by the new Congress and Administration in the coming years.


  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) –  ESSA passed in December 2015 with bipartisan support. It includes a lot of state flexibility to develop state plans. The general thinking is that our state will continue to invest in our Local Control Funding Formula and use LCFF as the basis for our ESSA state plan. However, here are some federal perspectives on other possible federal policy changes and it means for states across the country:
  • Transgender Students –  On February 22, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded guidance issued by the Obama administration to help schools understand their responsibility to protect transgender students under Title IX. However, California state law (AB 1266) protects transgender students from discrimination in schools and requires schools to allow transgender students to participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities. Read CDE’s FAQ, the California School Board Association’s model policy on AB 1266, or download a guide for supporting transgender students in schools. 


  • NEW! Federal Funds for “Sanctuary” Jurisdictions – Read the analysis from the California Budget and Policy Center about President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds for sanctuary cities and the temporary suspension of the executive order by a federal judge at the end of April. 
  • Resources for community health centers & clinics – CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, affiliated with the California Primary Care Association, has created this comprehensive list of resources for community clinics. This includes “Know your Rights” information that you can share with patients, current and pending California laws around immigration, talking points, and information about ICE practices. 
  • Resources for school districts and school boards – The California School Boards Association developed resources to help support all students, regardless of immigration status. Resources include legal guidance, sample board resolutions & policy, and a letter from State Superintendent calling for public schools to remains safe havens for students and families. 
  • Information about CA’s Undocumented Students – A great factsheet highlighting key demographic data on undocumented students in California, policies affecting immigrant students as well as opportunities and challenges to support these students. Helpful terminology and pertinent policy information for California’s students, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
  • Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights – A comprehensive guide from Public Health Awakened that provides helpful strategies, actions, and resources for people working in local health agencies and/or health clinics. 
  • DACA & resources for educators – Educators for Fair Consideration developed the following list of helpful tips and tools for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients and a new guide, Post-Election: What Educators Can Do To Support Undocumented Students. They have many helpful resources for school staff and will continue to add resources to their website as details emerge from the new administration.
  • DACA & resources for schools – The rhetoric of this election has left many immigrant children and families worried about their future and protection in this country. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has created many resources to inform, prepare, and protect immigrants. ILRC created a document with talking points on DACA and resources for schools as they play a critical role in supporting immigrant families.
  • Immigrant rights in schools and health facilities – The National Immigration Law Center hosted this webinar sharing the strategies and actions that schools and health facilities can take to protect undocumented students and patients. The presentation discusses campus safety policies, policies to protect patient information in healthcare, developments around DACA, and mobilization efforts.