Health Center State Policy

States Work to Stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

By Erin Sheehan and Kersten Burns Lausch As states continue to see rising premiums and fleeing insurers in their individual insurance marketplaces, a number are looking to the new Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver option to make reforms and increase stability in the marketplaces. What is a 1332 Waiver? Created by Section 1332 of the …

Health Care News

Partnering with Hospitals to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Visits

Roughly 13 to 27 percent of visits to the emergency department (ED) could be managed in a primary care setting, and the average non-emergency visit to the ED costs seven times more than the average health center visit. In the emerging landscape of value-based care, health centers and hospitals are exploring new partnerships to improve …

NACHC Events

Calling All Young Professionals!

The excitement is building for the Young Professional Leadership Exchange Track at this year’s Community Health Institute (CHI)! With less than three weeks to go, the CHI is gearing up to be a well-attended conference in beautiful San Diego – home of the Padres and a very famous line from Anchorman. This year’s Young Professional programming …

Health Center Federal Policy

The Twists and Turns of the Senate Health Care Debate

Yesterday was a roller coaster of a day on Capitol Hill, as the Senate began debate on its version (or perhaps more accurately, versions) of health care legislation. So that advocates are able to remain up to speed, our team wanted to summarize what’s taken place so far and where we stand in the Senate. We’ll aim …

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Michigan Health Center Leader Gets the Spotlight for Reducing Unnecessary ER Visits

Patty Wagenhofer-Rucker wasn’t looking for any special recognition when she began her work as Integrated Health Director at Genesee Community Health Center in Flint, MI, but that’s what happened anyway.   Her work at the health center has reduced unnecessary hospital emergency room visits by 80 percent in the past three years, which caught the notice of …

Health Center Federal Policy

Senate Leaders Release a New Version of the BCRA

By Jennifer Taylor, Deputy Director, Federal Affairs Yesterday, Senate Republican Leadership released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We laid out the details of the original Senate draft in our previous analysis, so we won’t go through all of the bill’s provisions here. Instead we wanted to highlight key changes in the latest version, and give you an idea of what …

Health Center Federal Policy

Health Center Highlights: House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing

By Melissa Cairo, NACHC Federal Affairs Intern On June 23, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held the hearing Examining the Extension of Safety Net Health Programs. In this hearing, the subcommittee focused on two specific programs: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Center Fund. Both CHIP and the Health …

Health Center Federal Policy

Additional Analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

By Holly Ogzun, NACHC Federal Affairs Intern On June 22nd Senate Republican leaders proposed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NACHC’s summary of the bill can be found here, and advocates can click here to weigh in with Senators and share concerns about the bill. On …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

First Look and Analysis: Senate Health Care Legislation

This morning, just over six weeks since the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Senate leaders unveiled their own proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Text of the bill can be found here. The bill, which was crafted by a small group of Senators led by Majority …

Health Center State Policy, Social Determinants of Health

Removing Barriers to Care for Those Who Served Behind Bars

By Alisha Reginal, NACHC Intern Community Healthcare Network (CHN) is a Community Health Center with eleven sites that serve over 80,000 patients in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. Over 5,000 of CHN’s patients are enrolled in New York’s Health Homes program.  Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Section 2703 Health Homes program (now in operation …