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 Center News

A Prescription for College Humanities Under the Roof of a Boston Health Center

A Community Health Center may seem like an unlikely place to learn about the arts and humanities, but really, when you think about it, the notion is not so implausible. At Codman Square Health Center, located in the working class neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston, the focus is always on the whole health of a patient. To that end, if a health center patient requires a …

Health Center News

Building the Primary Care Workforce of Tomorrow

The future of primary health care depends on educating and training the healers who will take care of us tomorrow. Building the pipeline of primary care providers at Community Health Centers is of particular concern because almost every health center is experiencing workforce challenges, whether it is recruiting staff or retaining it. A NACHC report released last year revealed that 95 …

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

President Trump’s FY18 Budget: What Does It Mean for Health Centers?

By NACHC Federal Affairs Staff On Tuesday, President Trump released his FY18 budget proposal, which reflects the administration’s priorities for federal spending in the upcoming fiscal year. The President’s budget is a blueprint for national priorities, which is then submitted to Congress. Ultimately, it will be Congress that makes the final budget decisions during the …

NACHC Events

Health Center Leaders Honored at Agricultural Worker Health Conference

The NACHC 2017 Agricultural Worker Health Conference is underway in Savannah, GA.  Migrant heath centers currently serve nearly 1 million of the estimated 4 million agricultural workers in the country, and they are on course to boost up that number to 2 million patients served by year 2020. Today the focus of the conference was on the health …

Health Care News, Social Determinants of Health

African American Death Rate Drops 25 Percent

The death rate for African Americans declined from 1999 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s good news, but African Americans are still more likely than white Americans to die at a young age. Although African Americans are living longer, their life expectancy is still four years less than that …

Health Center News

Brighter Smiles in South Florida Thanks to a New Mobile Dental Van

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) unveiled its new state-of-the-art mobile dental unit by cutting the ribbon on the trailer in front of its corporate headquarters — and it is a beauty! The new dental trailer features three operatories that will allow dental teams to do cleanings and other basic preventative services along with …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

How We Got Here & What’s Next for the AHCA

It’s been quite the week for health care here in Washington. The American Health Care Act, House Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was first declared dead then subsequently brought back from the depths before passing in the House last Thursday. In a little more than a week, the political …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

Update on MACRA Implementation

By now many of you have heard of the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), born out of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that went into effect this year.   The QPP completely revamps the way Medicare pays its providers and is made up of two tracks, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Final FY17 Spending Deal Reached, Congress Expected to Vote this Week

Late Sunday evening, leaders in Congress came to final agreement on the FY17 spending package, which if signed into law later this week, will provide dedicated and reliable funding for the federal government through September 30, 2017. The House of Representatives is slated to vote on the $1.070 trillion bill tomorrow, and the Senate is …