Health Care News

In the Land of Plenty, People Still Struggle with Hunger

The U.S. may seem to have a bounty of healthy, nutritious foods to feast on this Thanksgiving week but for many families it’s a different story. Approximately 14 percent of our nation’s population (48 million) struggle to put healthy meals on the table. Food insecurity is what experts now define as America’s hunger problem and …

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President’s Commission Releases Final Report on Opioid Crisis

Just after the President’s Public Health Declaration on the opioid crisis, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report earlier this month.  The report includes 56 specific recommendations to help address the nation’s increasingly troubling opioid addiction problem, and focuses on 4 main areas: federal funding and programs, opioid …

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It’s National Rural Health Day!

It’s National Rural Health Day and for Community Health Centers, that’s something to celebrate.  Nearly half (44 percent) of health centers are in rural communities, serving 8.5 million patients. The work that health centers do in rural communities defies the conventional wisdom that innovation and good ideas only happen in urban civilization. The Community Health Center …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

CMS Releases Rule That Improves Care for Health Center Medicare Patients

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on the CY2018 Physician Fee Schedule earlier this month.  While this annual rule typically does not impact services for Community Health Centers (because they are not paid on the Physician Fee Schedule), this year’s rule includes some important provisions that boost care for health center …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

CMS Issues Informational Bulletins on Waiver Processes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has issued two informational bulletins on changes to the Section 1115 Medicaid waiver process and State Plan Amendment and 1915 waiver process. The informational bulletins are a follow-up to a March 14 letter from CMS Administrator Seema Verma and then-HHS Secretary …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

MACPAC Takes a Look at Health Centers

Late last month, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) held a session on “Considering Medicaid Payment to FQHCs” as part of its October meeting. As background, MACPAC is a non-partisan agency that provides analysis for Congress on Medicaid and CHIP issues including payment, eligibility, enrollment access and quality issues.  The Commission was created in the …

Health Center Federal Policy

House Legislation Summary: The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act

By: NACHC Federal Affairs Staff The House of Representatives is slated to vote this week on the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, legislation that would avert the Health Center funding cliff and extend several other programs important to health centers: the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF), which provides 70% of section 330 grant dollars; along with …

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President Trump Declares the Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency

By Connor Williams, NACHC Intern After a long wait and much speculation, President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a Public Health Emergency. By way of background, Public Health Emergencies allow for special grants and contracts to be made, as well as special Public Health Emergency Funds to be accessed by states in response to a health …

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Fighting Food Insecurity: Hunger as a Health Problem

More than 50 years ago, Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a co-founder of the Community Health Center Movement, helped create a food co-op program in Mound Bayou, Mississippi.  Part of his mission was to ensure people would both have access to food and be invested in their own food security. Despite this early effort, food insecurity – difficulty …

Health Care News

Fighting Food Insecurity: The Problem Solvers

Earlier this week NACHC issued a press release about our initiative to highlight Community Health Centers that are focused on fighting food insecurity in their local communities.  Many may not be aware that 14 percent of people in the United States (48 million) face food insecurity.  What does that mean exactly?  It means they struggle to find sufficient …