Category: Health Center Federal Policy

Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News, Uncategorized

A New Year, A New Fight

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, Community Health Centers confront new challenges and a year that will hopefully look a lot different than the last. With passage of the stimulus package in the closing days of the year, health centers have some resources. President Trump signed into law on December 27, 2020, a massive spending …

Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News, Uncategorized

Time to Help Patients Get Covered: Open Enrollment Tips

Health centers continue to provide a critical role in providing outreach and enrollment (O&E) assistance to patients and community members seeking affordable health insurance coverage options.

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News

Making the Case for Primary Care Access:”What We Lack is a Strong Signal from Congress”

Greg Nycz, Executive Director of Family Health Center of Marshfield, has devoted his nearly 50-year career to ensuring that people in Wisconsin have access to decent health care,  especially vulnerable rural populations who, by his own description, will face growing barriers to accessing the health services they need for optimal health.  This week he was …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News

2019: Leaving Us Certain about Uncertainty

We turn the page on 2019 and plunge ahead to 2020 with a lot of unfinished work. A key task left unfinished as we approach a new decade is long-term and stable funding for Community Health Centers, now operating under a temporary measure through May 22nd. Even so, health centers are no less supported; indeed, …

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 …

Health Center Federal Policy

Flurry of Activity in Washington Before the August Recess

There has been a timely burst of activity in Washington in recent days. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has advanced a health care package that included legislation to extend health center funding for four years. On the same day, dozens of health center advocates stormed the halls of Congress to demand long-term and robust …

Health Center Federal Policy

An Update on Health Center Funding Reauthorization

Editors Note: NACHC staff Amy Simmons Farber and Oliver Spurgeon are contributors to this blog post. The busy year for health center funding activity in Congress continues. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has passed a bipartisan measure that aims to curb high costs and unexpected bills for patients, and includes a …

Health Center Federal Policy

Congress Makes Progress on FY19 Funding for Health Centers and Other Key Health Priorities

Update (Sept. 27): The FY19 Defense-Labor-Health Care discretionary spending package passed both chambers of Congress and is awaiting President Trump’s signature. With the Senate’s passage of the FY19 Defense-Labor-Health Care discretionary spending package, Congress is now halfway towards providing level funding for the nation’s Community Health Centers at $1.626 billion and keeping the government open …

Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center Regulatory Issues

Items of Interest to Health Centers in CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

Update (Nov. 16, 2018): This rule has been finalized as proposed.  Beginning January 1, 2019, health centers will be able to bill for these services. NACHC is hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 1 pm ET with the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and health center partners to learn more about these …