Health Center Federal Policy

Increasing Access to Care Through Telehealth

Today, more and more providers are relying on the long reach of technology to provide care to their patients. Telehealth is especially helpful in areas where people have limited access to health care services, whether the reason is lack of transportation or economic, cultural and/or linguistic barriers.  The way it works is through telecommunication, some …

Health Center News

Good Health is a Community Affair

Happy National Minority Health Month! The theme for #NMHM18, Partnering for Health Equity, highlights partnerships that help reduce health disparities.  As innovators in the health system, Community Health Centers often partner with local and national organizations to ensure patients have a clear pathway to health care.  These collaborations foster programs that address important health issues …

Health Center News

Congress Finds Agreement on FY18 Funding

Congress has passed a $1.3 trillion FY18 spending package that will provide dedicated and reliable funding for the federal government through September 30, 2018. The legislation was signed into law by the President earlier today. The bill provides $654.6 billion for defense and national security, and $589.5 billion for investments in critical priorities such as education, health care, …

NACHC Events

P & I Update: HHS Secretary Azar Stops by the Conference

The 2018 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum has been a whirlwind of events and there’s just one more day before events draw to a close. Today’s highlight was an appearance by Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, who addressed a packed and enthusiastic General Session gathering. “We see you not just as vital partners …

Health Center Advocacy, NACHC Events

2018 NACHC P&I Hill Day

Today thousands of health center advocates stormed Capitol Hill to say “thank you” for fixing the Cliff, and to share stories of how our people-powered movement cares for 27 million patients nationwide. After all, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in the Health Center Movement. Last month’s budget deal provided an additional $600 …

NACHC Events

NACHC P & I 2018 Kicks Off

Nearly 2,500 Community Health Center advocates from around the country – including senior executives, clinicians, board members and other health care representatives –have gathered this week under one roof for the 2018 NACHC Policy & Issues Forum [see media advisory]. The Opening General Session offered plenty of information about the policy recommendations for health centers …

Health Center News, NACHC Events

Rising to the Challenge of Fighting a Nationwide Addiction Epidemic

Too often we hear about the ravages of substance abuse disorders, such as opioid addiction, and not enough about the innovations in health care to treat it — not as a problem but as a chronic illness that requires a thoughtful treatment strategy.  Drug overdose deaths and opioid-related deaths are on the rise.  On average, …

Health Center News

Update: Open Enrollment and Health Centers

Health center and state and regional primary care association (PCA) leaders recently met at NACHC’s headquarters to discuss the most recent health insurance open enrollment period. Though open enrollment ended in mid-December in many parts of the country, it should be noted that several states kept enrollment open way into January and those impacted by the recent …

Health Center News

Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a month-long observance to bring awareness to the importance of oral health for children and adults. When Janelle Jehn was a dental therapy student at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, her instructors strongly encouraged the class to serve pediatric patients in the community where the need was …

Health Center News

Reaching Health Center Hypertension Patients Hiding in Plain Sight

We know the facts: High blood pressure (or hypertension) can lead to cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. But what may be surprising is the number of people in the United States who have high blood pressure and are both unaware of it and untreated for it – 11.5 million. Most of these …