Author: Abigail Pinkele

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HHS Announces the Award of 236 New Access Point Grants

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced 236 New Access Point (NAP) awards in communities across the country. A list of awards can be viewed here. Funded with $150 million of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Center Fund available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, these NAPs were previously approved, but unfunded …

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A Deal Is Reached and the Shutdown Is Over; But Significant Work Lays Ahead for Congress To Avoid This Situation Again

The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of activity on Capitol Hill. The 16-day government shutdown and threat of a first-ever U.S. default haves officially ended with a deal that was brokered in the Senate and agreed to by the House.   The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014, which ends the government shutdown and …

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Officially Shutdown-A Recap of How We Got To This Point and What It Means For Health Centers

As of Monday at midnight, the deadline to agree upon a Continuing Resolution (CR) passed and the federal government officially shutdown. Let’s review how Congress arrived at the first government shutdown in 17 years and what the impact will be for health centers. As predicted, on Friday, the Senate voted to amend the House-passed version …

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House Passes Short-Term CR Defunding the ACA

On Friday, the House passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) funding the government until December 15th. The CR will fund the government at a total level of $986 billion, and does not allow for any funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the House version of the CR were passed into law, community health …

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CR Movement Still Uncertain with Very Few Legislative Days until the End of the Fiscal Year

Last week, you probably read reports stating the House would take up consideration of a 2 month Continuing Resolution (CR) extending federal funding to avert a government shutdown at end of the fiscal year. The CR was slated to run from October 1st until December 15th. The bill as introduced by Appropriations Chairman Hal Rodgers …

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House Appropriations Action Postponed

This morning, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee on Appropriations announced they will be postponing the mark-up of their Fiscal Year 2014 Labor-HHS bill that was scheduled for this Thursday, July 25th at 9am. According to staff on the House Appropriations Committee, “Due to scheduling uncertainties surrounding the House consideration of the …

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Appropriations Update: Get Ready for House Action on Appropriations; More Details on Senate Bill

Yesterday, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee on Appropriations announced their intention to mark-up their Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor-HHS bill this Thursday, July 25. This announcement runs somewhat counter to the conventional wisdom that the House was unlikely to mark-up a bill and that if they did so it would be …

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Busy Week on Budget and Appropriations: President’s FY14 Budget Released, Senate FY14 Funding Support Letter Circulating, and House Support Letter Closing on Wednesday!

Last week, the President’s released his FY2014 Budget Proposal. Under the proposed budget, the Health Centers Program would receive a total programmatic level of $3.8 billion. This $700 million increase above FY2013 is comprised of funds previously appropriated through the Affordable Care Act and could enable Health Centers to expand access to care to more …

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House FY14 Health Center Funding Letter Update

The bi-partisan Bilirakis-Pallone FY14 Health Center funding support letter is still open for signatures in the House. Co-signers have been coming in at a fairly steady pace, but we are still under the number of co-signers form our FY13 letter. Health Center Advocates should follow up with their Representatives this week while the House is …

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FY13 Appropriations Wrap Up and Moving Right Along on with FY14 Appropriations

After a long drawn out process, Congress finally completed the FY13 appropriations process by passing the bipartisan Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. A full breakdown of the legislation can be viewed here in the NACHC press release. The House wasted no time and is moving right along with the FY14 appropriation process …