Author: Kaitlin McColgan

Health Center Federal Policy, Uncategorized

Health Centers and the Politics of Health Care Reform

An Important Message from Dan Hawkins First let me extend my best wishes for the year ahead. 2011 is certain to be a year of excitement and energy as we work to meet our goals for growth and expansion to serve those in need across the nation. Already this year there has been a great …

Health Center Federal Policy, Uncategorized

New Congress Comes to Town and Health Reform Repeal Is Slated for an Early Vote

This Wednesday, the new 112th Congress will be sworn in. The Hill will be packed with families, friends, and supporters of newly-elected and re-elected Members alike and the “first day of school” feeling with be palpable up on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) will be officially elected Speaker of the House and …

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The Year in Review- 2010 Is One for the History Books

Any way you slice it, dice it, pundit-ize it, etc, 2010 will go down as a year in the history books for the health centers movement. In 2010, we witnessed the enactment of a comprehensive health care reform law that places the expansion of the health center model of care at its core. Health centers …

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Election Results Are In, and the Landscape in DC Is Dramatically Altered

Although it’s no longer news by this point, we’d be remiss at Health Centers on the Hill if we didn’t document the electoral wave that occurred last Tuesday. Republicans swept to control in the US House of Representatives, taking 60 seats previously held by Democrats. The count in the House at the moment stands at …

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Appropriations Parlor Games Continue, and the Stakes Are High as Always

Although the cameras are dark in the House and Senate chambers with Members out on a pre-election recess (many campaigning for their re-elections), plenty of work continues behind the scenes on finishing up the annual appropriations bills. As we’ve previously reported, talk continues to swirl regarding what the final discretionary appropriations level will be and …

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It’s “Recess” in Congress, but Health Centers Have Lots to Keep Us Busy on the Hill

Last week, Congress went out on “recess” until November 15, after the election. By the time Congress comes back for a “lame-duck” session, the picture in DC will have changed significantly, regardless of the outcome of the election. In the meantime, health center advocates have plenty to keep us busy, with a full recess and …

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As Washington Prepares for Congress to Return, Health Centers Keep Busy on the Hill

After a long hot summer, the nation’s capital is entering election mode full speed ahead, with most talk in the hallways of the Capitol focused on the upcoming November elections. Even with that being the case, Congress is coming back into town for one more pre-election, month-long legislative session starting next week. Post-election, there will …

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Vote on “Johanns Amendment” Will Be Important Test of Support for Prevention Fund

By Krystal E. Knight, MPH Prior to the August congressional recess, Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) offered an amendment to the Small Business Jobs & Credit Act (H.R.5297) to strike a new 1099 reporting requirement in the Affordable Care Act. The amendment proposed to pay for the cost of striking the reporting requirement by eliminating the …

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FTCA for Volunteers Takes Another Important Step Forward

by Kaitlin McColgan Last week, the “FTCA for Volunteers” legislation (officially known as H.R. 1745- the Family Health Care Accessibility Act) took another important step forward in the legislative process. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously to pass out the bill, setting it up for consideration by the full House of Representatives when …

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“FTCA for Volunteers” Passes House Subcommittee Unanimously

by Kaitlin McColgan Regular readers of Health Centers on the Hill (and other avid health reform-watchers) will recall that last year’s House-passed version of the health reform legislation contained a provision extending Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage to volunteer practitioners in health centers. This expansion, long a priority for health centers, had also been …