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 the 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. Download the presentation slides.

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, developed this comprehensive analysis and webinar of the major health care policy proposals which offers 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.


  • 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 what 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.