Author: Heather Foster

Health Center Federal Policy

The Fiscal Cliff Deal – What it Means for Entitlement Programs

by Heather Foster, MPH While we blogged last week about what the fiscal cliff deal means for Health Center grant funding and the sequester, it’s also worth noting what changed in regards to entitlement programs such as Medicaid and Medicare…and what that means for the next round of deal-making. “Savings” were found by making a …

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The Partnership for Medicaid – Annual Briefing on Capitol Hill Features Health Center Provider!

On Friday, September 28th, the Partnership for Medicaid, of which NACHC is a founding Member, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill.  The theme of this year’s briefing was “The State of Medicaid: Views from the Field and a Look at the Policy,” with a focus on the numerous policy options available that have been floated …

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ACA Medicaid Expansion Upheld in Part, but Supreme Court Decision Means Less Certain Future

by Heather J Foster, MPH While all eyes were on the “Individual Mandate” and whether that component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care reform law, could be severed from the rest of the law were it struck down, the Medicaid expansion was truly the sleeper issue that has taken everybody by surprise.  …

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CCIIO Clarifies Exchange Payment Issue in Letter to NACHC

By: Susan Sumrell On June 8, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), the agency responsible for the creation and approval of Exchanges, responded to a letter from NACHC sent earlier this year seeking clarification on the final rule (published on March 27, 2012) on Exchanges. Specifically, we were looking for clarification that …

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The Congressional Community Health Center Caucus: What it is and Why it’s Important

by Heather Foster, MPH The Congressional Health Centers Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives over a decade ago as a means for Members of Congress to identify themselves as health center supporters, educate their colleagues on the importance of health centers, share information on health center priorities, and champion the Health Centers …

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Medicaid Prompt Pay – Comprehensive Bill Introduced!

by Heather Foster After years of slow Medicaid payments to providers, two California Representatives—Rep. Brian Bilbray (R) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D)—introduced legislation that would require that all providers, including health centers, be paid in a timely manner.  Current law requires that many providers be reimbursed for 90% of services within 30 days of receiving …

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The Status of Final Negotiations on Capitol Hill: Payroll Tax, the “Doc Fix” and “Extenders”

 by Heather Foster On Saturday, Congress seemed poised to wrap up 2011 with a bang and pass one final piece of compromise legislation that would address any as yet unresolved issues and unextended programs.  The Senate passed legislation by a vote of 89-10 that would extend many programs for two additional months—allowing sufficient time for …

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Supercommittee Deadline Looms, Time to Weigh In For Health Centers Is NOW

by Alexandra Sange, MPP In less than two weeks, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (or “Supercommittee”) must produce and pass a proposal that achieves $1.2 trillion in savings over the next ten years.  Or that is their goal, per the Budget Control Act passed earlier this year – and it’s starting to look …

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Medicaid Battles are Heating Up: Multiple Proposals in the Mix

by, Heather Foster, MPH The Medicaid battles are picking up steam here at NACHC as efforts to cut, tinker with, or fundamentally change the Medicaid program are becoming ubiquitous on Capitol Hill.  Just last week new legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to roll-back the Medicaid “maintenance of effort” (MOE) provisions enacted …

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House and Senate Jointly Introduce Health Centers’ Bipartisan HIT Legislation: The FIX-HIT Act

by Heather Foster, MPH Just before NACHC’s recent Policy & Issues Forum in DC, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) introduced legislation to ensure that Medicaid Health Information Technology (HIT) Incentive Payments established under ARRA are paid directly to health centers.  The bills are …