Health Center Advocacy

Community Health Centers: Fighting Health Inequality Everyday

Today many across the country will remember the enduring legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will celebrate all he stood for through acts of kindness and service. Many will remember the lines of his “I Have a Dream” from the 1963 March on Washington. And many today in the health care community are …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

CMS Issues Guidance on Community Engagement and Work Requirement Proposals for Medicaid

Today CMS published its much anticipated federal policy guidance (SMD: 18-002, see NACHC summary here) reiterating its support and describing considerations for states with an interest in pursuing Section 1115(a) Medicaid waivers to implement work and/or community engagement requirements for Medicaid. This effort began last year with a letter from then-Secretary Price and CMS Administrator …

Health Center News

2017 Ends with a “Cliffhanger”

2017 brought forth a year of challenges for Community Health Centers that included natural disasters and a man-made one: a funding cliff. The funding cliff came as it was revealed that health centers now serve more people than ever at 27 million, or 1 in 12 Americans.  Leading up to the funding cliff deadline was uncertainty across the nation about the future of insurance …

Health Center Federal Policy

Can Congress Deliver a Cliff Fix Before They Leave for the Holidays? Yes! (But We Need Your Help!)

Congress is embarking on its annual holiday tradition of scrambling to pass all outstanding legislation that piled up over the course of the year and needs to be enacted before the new year. This year they have amassed an especially long list of complicated and critical items that need attention before they attempt to leave …

Health Center News

NACHC Partners with Colleges to Support Educational Opportunities for Health Center Workforce

Even before the expiration of the Community Health Centers Fund, workforce shortages posed a challenge for health centers. A 2016 NACHC survey found that almost all health centers were experiencing at least one clinical vacancy and more than two-thirds were recruiting for at least one family physician. To combat this problem, NACHC is working with …

Health Center News

Controlling Hypertension in Health Centers

Nine health centers have been named 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions for working with patients to achieve hypertension (high blood pressure) control rates at or above 70 percent. We’ve now learned more information about the types of interventions the winning health centers used to improve hypertension rates. These include: Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP), …

Health Care News

Celebrating World AIDS Day, One Partner at a Time

Health centers are no strangers to forging partnerships with other organizations.  There are health center partnerships with hospitals, health departments, universities, chambers of commerce, and local businesses.  These collaborations are key to assuring good patient health outcomes, not to mention boosting their quality of life and overall care.  HIV prevention and treatment is no different. The number of health center patients living with …

Health Care News

Congress Returns to a Long “To Do” List and Health Center Funding On the Agenda

As Congress returns from the Thanksgiving holiday, they confront a list of complicated, controversial, and interconnected “must-pass” items that rival any legislative pileup seen in modern times. And squarely in the middle of that pileup sits the now long-overdue extension of funding for Community Health Centers and other key health priorities. While many of the …

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 …

Health Care News

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 …