Category: Health Center Advocacy

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

Deadline Now Passed, House Committee Action Marks One Step Toward a Cliff Fix

As every health center director, staff member, board member and advocate knows well, the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF), which accounts for more than 70% of all federal grant funding to America’s 1,400+ health center organizations, expired on October 1st. While each health center has until the beginning of their next budget period before the direct …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

Despite Momentum, Cliff Fix Not Yet Atop Congressional Agenda

Thanks to the advocacy of thousands of health center leaders and supporters across the country, the last two weeks have shown a marked uptick in Congressional awareness of the need to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff, which, if left unaddressed, would have devastating consequences for the nation’s health centers and the people they serve. Yet, …

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 Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

With July 4th Deadline Looming, Senate ACA Repeal Debate Heats Up

Senate leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have set an ambitious timeline for consideration of that chamber’s version of health care legislation, after the House passed its version on May 4th. On June 30th, Congress leaves for a week-long recess and the July 4th holiday, and Leader McConnell’s goal is to pass a …

Health Care News, Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

Avoiding a Shutdown, Resurrecting AHCA, and Closing Out the Wicker-Stabenow Health Center Funding Letter

BY: OLIVER SPURGEON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, NACHC FEDERAL AFFAIRS The halls of Capitol Hill are buzzing this week as Congress returns from the two week Easter Recess, President Trump and Congressional Democrats continue negotiations to keep the federal government open beyond Friday, April 28, the Wicker-Stabenow Health Center funding letter closes, and House Republicans consider bringing …

Health Center Advocacy, NACHC Events

Day Two of the 2017 NACHC P & I

Today nearly 3,000 health center leaders in attendance at the NACHC 2017 P & I descended upon Capitol Hill and made their case to decision-makers about the importance of preserving and strengthening the Health Center Program. Of particular concern to health centers far and wide is the looming primary care funding cliff, which will result in a 70 …

Health Center Advocacy

Introducing the Health Center Advocacy Network

Over the past three years the Health Center Advocacy Network has experienced unprecedented growth to encompass 100,000 individuals and counting. Thanks to this growing number of Advocates like you, who have not only joined the Campaign for America’s Health Centers, but have repeatedly raised your voice on behalf of Health Centers and their patients,  the …

Health Center Advocacy

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King: Small Great Things

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” During the Civil Rights Movement, the goal was to achieve one great ideal: equal rights. However, equality couldn’t be achieved without smaller, individual contributions from prominent leaders and lesser known advocates. Just because …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center News

National Health Center Week Day 3: “We Are The Change Agents”

Today was a special day for National Health Center Week and for health center leaders celebrating five decades of the Community Health Center Movement– they were able to hear from the top health official, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and indeed the co-founder of the Community Health Center Movement, H. Jack Geiger, MD.  …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center News

New Access Points and National Health Center Week Arrive at Last!

There are a lot of headlines to count so far on just day TWO of National Health Center Week (NHCW) but today’s main headline is that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced $169 million for 226 New Access Points.  These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services …