Author: John Sawyer

Health Center Federal Policy

Senate takes first (of many) steps toward ACA repeal

Early this morning, after a 7-hour marathon of votes on amendments, the U.S. Senate approved S.Con.Res 3, the Budget Resolution for the current federal fiscal year, FY2017, on a vote of 51-48. While Senate leadership referred to the bill as the “Obamacare Repeal Resolution,” it’s important for advocates to know that this bill itself does …

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Understanding the Potential Timeline for ACA “Repeal and Replace”

By Michaela Keller, NACHC Federal Affairs Staff Now that the 115th Congress is underway, it is expected that Republicans will move ahead quickly to fulfill one of their top campaign promises – repeal of the Affordable Care Act. With a majority in both the House and Senate, Republicans are charting a course to send a …

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Our Analysis: What 2017 Could Hold for Health Centers

With the 114th Congress scheduled to wrap up by the end of this week (with a few key victories for health centers along the way), we here on the NACHC Policy and Advocacy team are nearly 100% focused on preparing for 2017, which will be a pivotal year for health centers unlike any we’ve seen in …

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Key Wins for Health Centers in Year-End Health Package

On Wednesday, November 30, the House plans to vote on a newly released, more robust version of the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive bill that packages together a wide variety of health policy provisions related to medical research, drug development, mental health, opioid addiction, foster care and Medicare, among others. A comprehensive summary is available …

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2015: A Health Centers on the Hill Year-in-Review

For those of us privileged to represent health centers day in and day out on Capitol Hill, 2015 has been quite a year. We’ve overcome – for now – our biggest funding challenge in decades, and as a result, we have seen Congressional support translate directly into new and meaningful care in every community served by health …

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ACA Repeal Passes Senate, Headed to President for Veto

A vote in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is practically no longer a news story. The House of Representatives has voted more than 50 times to repeal the law since its passage in 2010. So what was different about the vote that took place last week? The primary difference this time is …

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Additional Expansion Grants Announced as the Appropriations Committees Move to Finalize the FY16 Process

By Abigail Pinkele, NACHC Federal Affairs Last week, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new competition for $100 million in grant funding for 285 existing health centers to expand their oral health services. Awardees will receive $350,000 and, of those funds, may use $150,000 in year one for minor capital costs for equipment …

Health Center Federal Policy

A Rundown of Where We Stand on FY15 Health Center Funding

Keeping track of Health Center funding – what’s been made available, how much is going out, for what, and when – is the full-time job of a number of us here on NACHC’s Federal Affairs team. The funding cycle that starts with the President’s budget request, continues with Congressional action (“appropriations”) and ends with HRSA …

Health Center Federal Policy

Four Questions For Every Health Center Advocate

NACHC’s Federal Affairs team has been pounding the pavement (really, the marble floors) of the House and Senate office buildings since Congress reconvened in January, conveying the impact and urgency of the Primary Care Funding Cliff to Members of Congress and their staff. With a 70% cut to Health Centers looming this fall (not to mention …