Author: John Sawyer

Health Center Federal Policy

2015: A Health Centers on the Hill Year-in-Review

For those of us privileged to represent health centers day in and day out on Capitol Hill, 2015 has been quite a year. We’ve overcome – for now – our biggest funding challenge in decades, and as a result, we have seen Congressional support translate directly into new and meaningful care in every community served by health …

Health Center Federal Policy

ACA Repeal Passes Senate, Headed to President for Veto

A vote in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is practically no longer a news story. The House of Representatives has voted more than 50 times to repeal the law since its passage in 2010. So what was different about the vote that took place last week? The primary difference this time is …

Health Center Federal Policy

Additional Expansion Grants Announced as the Appropriations Committees Move to Finalize the FY16 Process

By Abigail Pinkele, NACHC Federal Affairs Last week, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new competition for $100 million in grant funding for 285 existing health centers to expand their oral health services. Awardees will receive $350,000 and, of those funds, may use $150,000 in year one for minor capital costs for equipment …

Health Center Federal Policy

A Rundown of Where We Stand on FY15 Health Center Funding

Keeping track of Health Center funding – what’s been made available, how much is going out, for what, and when – is the full-time job of a number of us here on NACHC’s Federal Affairs team. The funding cycle that starts with the President’s budget request, continues with Congressional action (“appropriations”) and ends with HRSA …

Health Center Federal Policy

Four Questions For Every Health Center Advocate

NACHC’s Federal Affairs team has been pounding the pavement (really, the marble floors) of the House and Senate office buildings since Congress reconvened in January, conveying the impact and urgency of the Primary Care Funding Cliff to Members of Congress and their staff. With a 70% cut to Health Centers looming this fall (not to mention …

Health Center Federal Policy

Health Centers on the Hill: 2014 Year in Review

by John Sawyer, Director of Federal Affairs It’s been quite a year on Capitol Hill and in public policy for America’s Health Centers. As the team here in DC that represents health centers, your staffs, your boards and your patients, we spend every day working to convey to policymakers the value of the work you …

Health Center Federal Policy

All I Want for Christmas…is Senate Passage of Health Care Reform

By NACHC Federal Affairs Staff Today – this afternoon at around 3pm Eastern Time, specifically – the Senate will begin debating their version of health care reform legislation on the floor.  The current game plan is to debate the bill until December 23rd, allowing a maximum of twenty-four working days (if they work through the …

Health Center Federal Policy

Playing the Senate Waiting Game

By John Sawyer Changing leaves, the smell of crackling fires. College football, breaking out the scarf for the first time since last winter.  There are certain rituals that come along every fall, especially as the holiday season approaches.  Here in Washington, we’re engaged in another annual ritual: speculation on how long it will take the …

Health Center Federal Policy

Targeted Advocacy Confirms House Will Move Forward With Health Center Growth

By John Sawyer Last week, a targeted group of health center advocates from across the country came to Washington for quick “fly-in” meetings with key members of the U.S. House of Representatives, with a clear message: as you bring the different house bills together, maintain the investment in Health Center growth.  Whether it was lead …

Health Center Federal Policy

Health Centers and Health Reform, By the Numbers

By John Sawyer As Congressional leaders in both the House and Senate hash out final versions of health reform legislation for each chamber to consider next month, health centers are at the heart of proposals to expand access, improve quality and control costs.  We here at HCH thought it would make sense to do a …