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 …

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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 …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

Bipartisan Actions Seek to Boost Momentum Toward Health Center Cliff Fix

As health centers around the country have made clear, the expiration of the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF) on October 1, and with it, 70% of total grant funding for the Health Centers Program, is already having an impact at health centers nationwide. While each individual health center won’t experience a direct change to grant funding …

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NACHC Update: The California Fires and Health Centers

(The information in this blog post was compiled in collaboration with Emili LaBass, Sr. Program Coordinator of Health Center Operations, California Primary Care Association) NACHC has been monitoring the situation in Northern California, where a cluster of wildfires has burned for more than a week. The fires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes. Many …

Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center Regulatory Issues

House Subcommittee Focuses on the 340B Program

While other health care related issues have certainly taken up much of the space on Congress’ agenda over the past year, the 340B program can be added to the list of issues at which Congress has taken a closer look at over the past several months.  A case in point is the House Energy and Commerce …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Administration Actions on Marketplaces Create Major Uncertainty

By Colleen Meiman and Michaela Keller Last week, the Trump administration took two steps that have injected major uncertainty about the continuation and cost of coverage offered through the Marketplaces. On Thursday, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) instructing federal agencies to advance three policies that would make it easier for individuals to purchase …

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 …

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Hurricane Update: Relief Resources and FTCA for Volunteers

The ripple effects of hurricanes Irma and Harvey continue. Lack of power, fuel, running water, and food continue to pose a problem for residents and the many organizations and responders on the ground to help.  Health centers in the impacted areas are dispensing medicines, hygiene kits and other supplies, even from damaged or flooded sites.  Organizations like …