Author: Krystal Knight

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FY 2011 Appropriations Heads to the 112th Congress

by Krystal E. Knight, MPH Last week we reported that the House of Representatives had approved a year-long Continuing Resolution (H.R.3082) to fund government programs through the remainder of FY 2011, freezing total spending at the FY 2010 level of $1.09 trillion. On Tuesday, the Senate Democratic Leadership unveiled an omnibus spending bill drafted by …

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House Approves Year-Long Appropriations Bill; Health Centers Anticipate Senate Action

by Anne Morris, MPH Last week, the House approved a FY 2011 appropriations bill (H.R. 3082) by a vote of 212 to 206.  This bill funds government programs for the remainder of FY 2011, freezing total spending at the FY 2010 level ($1.09 trillion) while making funding adjustments between programs. H.R. 3082 provides $7.27 billion …

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Finalization of FY 2011 Appropriations: Could the End Finally Be in Sight?

by Krystal E. Knight, MPH At the end of last week, Congress passed a measure to extend the current Continuing Resolution for two more weeks, keeping the federal government running through December 18th at FY 2010 levels. As you’ll recall from our recent appropriations post, the Continuing Resolution was set to expire Friday, December 3rd …

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Prospects Dimming for Senate Consideration of the FTCA for Volunteers’ Legislation

by Anne Morris, MPH Since we last reported on passage of the FTCA for Volunteers’ bill (H.R. 1745, the Family Health Care Accessibility Act) in the House of Representatives, NACHC staff has continued meeting with Democratic and Republican staff on the Senate HELP Committee (and staff of Members on HELP) to advocate for Senate consideration …

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Friday’s Expiration of Continuing Resolution Will Spur Action on Appropriations

by Anne Morris, MPH Today, Members of Congress reconvene for continuation of the lame-duck session.  Congress will need to act on appropriations bills no later than December 3rd, the date when the current Continuing Resolution expires.  As we’ve previously reported, there are several possible scenarios regarding the path forward for enacting FY2011 appropriations bills into …

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Secretary Sebelius Announces FY2011 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Funding

by Anne Morris, MPH Today, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the launch of the new application cycle for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, during a visit to Baltimore community health center Total Health Care. The Secretary announced that at least $290 million will be available for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) …

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Congress Returns as Health Centers Await the Appropriations End-Game

by Anne Morris, MPH This week, Members of Congress return to Washington for the orientation of new members, election of both parties’ leadership in the Senate and House, and completion of outstanding legislative business.  Appropriations bills are among the must-do agenda items for this lame-duck session.  Congress will need to act on these measures no …

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Rulemaking Committee Meets to Discuss Designation Criteria

by DaShawn Groves Do you remember the rulemaking committee that was assembled to determine new criteria for MUA and HPSA designations? Well, they met again this past week. The Negotiated Rulemaking Committee met October 13th and 14th to discuss new criteria for MUA and HPSA designations. During these two days, the Committee discussed three topics: …

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FTCA Clears the House 417-1!

by Krystal E. Knight, MPH Wonderful news from the House of Representatives: last Thursday, the House passed H.R.1745—the Family Health Care Accessibility Act (also known as the “FTCA for Volunteers” bill) overwhelmingly in a bipartisan 417-1 vote! “FTCA for Volunteers” would extend Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage to volunteer health professionals at Section 330-funded …

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Community Health Centers Share Best Practices at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Event

by Krystal E. Knight, MPH Last Friday, NACHC  took part in the annual Community Health Center Forum  sponsored by Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL). The Forum was part of the Congressional Black Caucus’ 40th Annual Legislative Conference and was held here in D.C. at the Washington Convention Center. NACHC joined the National Center for Health …