NACHC Events

Report from the NACHC CHI

One remarkable aspect of the 2019 NACHC Community Health Institute and EXPO is that this is the 50th year of the conference.  At the half-century mark, the national gathering is getting bigger than ever, with more than 2,500 attendees and 160 exhibitors in the EXPO Hall.  The conference also marks a transition of leadership on the …

NACHC Events

The NACHC CHI Kicks Off in Chicago

The 2019 NACHC Community Health Institute (CHI) and EXPO is underway in Chicago, with more than 2,700 health center leaders from around the country gathered under one roof (media advisory).  “Leadership, Collaboration, Innovation: Shaping the Future of Health Center Delivery,” is the theme of this year’s conference, which is chock full of education sessions and …

Health Center News

Back to School! Community Partners Come Together for Young People

When a community school and a Community Health Center come together, you can see the full picture of the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” By definition, a community school is not only focused on academics, but also youth development, family support, health, and social services, and community development through partnerships. In …

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 Care News

Veterans Get More Options for Care

As a result of the MISSION Act signed into law last year with bipartisan support, the Veterans Administration has established the Veterans Community Care Program, which will offer veterans expanded care options from non-VA providers including Community Health Centers. Under the new program, veterans facing a wait of 20 days or more, or who must …

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 State Policy

NACHC Launches New Medicaid Resources for Health Centers

NACHC is excited to share several new and updated Medicaid-related resources for Community Health Centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs). NACHC coordinated with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell to create or update resources to reflect changes in policies and experiences we heard from health centers and PCAs. The new and updated resources include: Medicaid FQHC PPS …

Health Center State Policy

InCK: CMMI’s Promising New Payment Model for Children

By Bethany Hamilton, JD (Deputy Director, State Affairs, NACHC) and Anoosha Hasan (NACHC State Affairs Intern, University of Maryland) The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) rolled out a promising new initiative to address behavioral needs for children through an integrated state delivery and payment model. In a few months, the public will learn how …

Health Center News

$100 Million Telehealth Initiative Unveiled at VA Health Center

High-tech innovation can happen in the unlikeliest places. Take, for instance, Laurel Fork, Virginia, where the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), visited Tri-Area Community Health Center to unveil a $100 million telehealth initiative. Commissioner Brendan Carr said the Connected Care Pilot Program will support telehealth for low-income Americans across the country, including those living …

Health Center News

Health Center Leader Recognized for Efforts after California Wildfire

Every once in a while we like to shine a light on a health center leader who demonstrates resilience when confronted with a challenge. One such person is Gabriela Bernal-Leroi, Chief Operating Officer for Santa Rosa Community Health (SRCH). In the fall of 2017, a massive wildfire ravaged Northern California, forcing 90,000 people from their …