Congress came back from its August recess last week and is working to develop legislation on surprise medical bills and prescription drug prices, among other things. While the Washington Update was on recess, the administration issued its final rule on the “public charge” (immigration) issue,* and announced a significant change in the way it will handle the immigration status of people coming from other countries to seek health care in the US. In other news: the Department of Labor has determined that the Family Medical Leave Act covers an employee’s attendance at IEP meetings, and the Department of Transportation issued a final statement on service animals aboard aircraft. Read about these topics and more in this week’s Update.

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With families at the center of health care, all children and youth reach their full potential and health disparities are eliminated.

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Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families—including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.

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