Health Center Federal Policy

Our Analysis: What 2017 Could Hold for Health Centers

With the 114th Congress scheduled to wrap up by the end of this week (with a few key victories for health centers along the way), we here on the NACHC Policy and Advocacy team are nearly 100% focused on preparing for 2017, which will be a pivotal year for health centers unlike any we’ve seen in some time. Every health center advocate heard directly this morning from NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden about the 4 steps advocates can take NOW to engage and be ready for many of the state and federal legislative debates to come.

In addition to those steps, many of you have asked us for a more detailed analysis of the elections, the new faces in key areas of influence, and of what’s “on the table” and what’s off in Congress next year. That memo is linked below:

NACHC Election 2017 Outlook Memo 12.28.16 (updated 12.28.16)

One thing that you’ll see noted in the memo is that our staff will be hosting monthly Policy and Advocacy Webinar Briefings between now and the 2017 Policy and Issues Forum in late March. The goal of these briefings is to keep all health center advocates up to date on the latest developments, our “asks” and arguments, and resources to help make the case in the year ahead. The first webinar briefing will take place next Wednesday, December 14th, at 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Click here to register.

The environment is changing rapidly here in DC, and our goal is to keep you up to speed. As always, don’t hesitate reach out to our staff at with any questions, ideas, or report-backs from recent conversations with Members of Congress.