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Update on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19

We now have a name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus: COVID-19. The disease, which was first identified in the Wuhan province of China, was renamed by the World Health Organization, to avoid stigmatizing any geographical location, animal or individual with the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more …

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

As the month of January comes to a close, we’re thinking about women’s health and the value of preventive screenings and vaccinations. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and a Pap smear screening. According to the most recent data available …

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What We Know About the New Coronavirus

UPDATED (1/20/2020)_: The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak in China a public health emergency of international concern. NACHC is closely monitoring developments and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected …

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Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy

The Community Health Center Movement stands on the shoulders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its leaders whose dreams ignited many different kinds of social change. Civil Rights leaders like Rosa Parks, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Dorothy Height, Jo Ann Robinson, the friend we lost – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, and The …

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More Children are Uninsured

The fresh start of a new decade brings renewed interest in the growing numbers of uninsured children in our nation. Four million children are now uninsured, an increase of than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, according to the U.S. Census. The new numbers point to a new downward trend after a trajectory of coverage among …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Texas v. Azar

NACHC staffers Susan Sumrell and Bethany Hamilton contributed to this blog post. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Texas v. Azar, but what does it mean? On December 18, 2019, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate …

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Health Centers Serving More Medicaid Patients Than Ever

Community Health Centers are serving more Medicaid patients than ever. A NACHC analysis reveals that in 2018 health centers served 1 in 5 Medicaid beneficiaries (up from 1 in 6 in 2018, or roughly 14 million people). As the nation’s largest network of safety net primary care providers, health centers serve a large and growing …

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Fighting Breast Cancer Without Insurance

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life – many of them will survive with the help of early diagnosis and treatment. This year, it’s estimated that 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. After a diagnosis, health insurance coverage is integral …

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Tennessee releases Medicaid block grant proposal

NACHC Deputy Director of State Affairs Susan Sumrell contributed to this blog post. States are continuing to test the limits of Medicaid waiver flexibility made available to them under the Trump administration. While Alaska, Texas and Georgia are reportedly exploring ways to reform their Medicaid programs, including through the use of block grants, others, like …