Archived National Policy Updates

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act
In February 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law, which offered unprecedented opportunities and challenges for energy, housing, and health professionals.

EPA Responds to Advocacy Pressure to Regulate Formaldehyde in Homes
In June 2008, EPA agreed to a series of investigative steps to move closer to national standards for reducing formaldehyde in housing, based on a petition to extend the California standards nationally.

Healthcare Reform and Healthy Homes
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act initiated new programs relevant to healthy housing. This update provided information on the new programs as they were being established.

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Healthy Homes
On June 9, 2009, Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., issued The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes.