Health Center News

Health Centers Have a Secret Weapon for Addressing Minority Health: Consumer Boards

National Minority Health Month 2017  is behind us but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out one particularly unique way Community Health Centers address minority health — through consumer-driven boards. By law, health center boards must be comprised of at least 51% consumers.  These are people who live in the community served by the health …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Congress Temporarily Averts Shutdown

Earlier this afternoon, both the House and Senate passed a one week extension of federal funding in order to avoid a shutdown and continue negotiations on the FY17 spending package. With a deal on the FY17 spending package in sight, leaders in both chambers of Capitol Hill passed the short-term extension earlier today to give …

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 News

Under One Roof a One Stop Shop for HIV/AIDS Patients in Nashville

Good ideas are happening in Nashville at My House. By My House we mean a collaboration project between Neighborhood Health, Nashville CARES and Street Works. Neighborhood Health is a Community Health Center that not only has provided excellent care for over 40 years, but they are also always trying to figure out better ways to deliver care. My House …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

Uncertainty Remains in the Marketplace

On April 13, 2017 CMS issued its final rule designed to make the ACA Marketplaces more appealing to insurers.  Under this final rule, starting for the 2018 plan year: The annual Open Enrollment Period will be shortened from 3 months to 6 weeks States will have full authority to determine if an insurer’s network has …

NACHC Events

And It’s a Wrap (Almost)

Another great day at the NACHC 2017 Policy and Issues Forum. Today’s sessions were chock full of information. And did we mention the record attendance? It has been standing room only in the General Session, which today featured Forbes columnist and physician Carolyn McClanahan whose column this week about Community Health Centers was spot on! …

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 …

NACHC Events

Day One of the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum

Yesterday was the first official day of the 2017 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum and a record crowd (standing room only) was treated to an abundance of wisdom during the Opening General Session. Let’s break it down. First, there were the remarks by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Michael Leavitt, the former Governor …

NACHC Events

The NACHC 2017 P&I is Here!

The NACHC 2017 Policy and Issues Forum is about to start and we could not be more excited.  More than 2,500 Community Health Center leaders from around the country have signed up to attend this national gathering, including a record number of consumers [see media advisory]. The policy conference began today with a panel discussion …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

In Dramatic Fashion, House Leaders Pull ACA Repeal and Replace Bill

What a week it was last week. Even as our staff here at NACHC has been pulling together the finishing touches for the 2017 Policy and Issues Forum (sure to be our best yet, by the way) last week was a roller coaster in terms of the future of major health reform legislation that was …