Health Center News

The Cliff is Fixed! Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Package with Health Center Funding

Last week Congress passed a bipartisan spending package that included an additional two years of funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. To add to the good news, we’re also happy to report that health center funding will increase by $600 million …

Health Center News

The State of the Union Marks a Critical Moment for Health Centers

Two Community Health Center leaders are headed to the nation’s capital Tuesday evening to attend the President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address to Congress. Long considered one of the highest honors a Member of Congress can bestow upon visitors to Washington, Lolita Lopez from Westside Family Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware, and Suzanne Lagarde from Fair …

Health Center News

Fighting the Funding Cliff: One Veteran’s Story

We’ve been writing about the Community Health Center funding cliff.  The phrase alone would lead one to think that this is an issue about money, but it’s more about people and how the decisions made (or left unmade) by Congress can have a ripple effect.  That brings us to Kymberly Grafton, one of 300,000 veterans that …

Health Care News, Health Center Advocacy

A Potential Shutdown: How Did We Get Here and What Does it Mean?

How did we get here? As of Friday afternoon, Congress still hasn’t agreed upon a Continuing Resolution (CR) that can pass both Houses of Congress and prevent the federal government from shutting down. Thursday evening, the House passed a CR that would keep the government’s doors open through February 16th. The House-passed bill provides a …

Health Center Advocacy

Community Health Centers: Fighting Health Inequality Everyday

Today many across the country will remember the enduring legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will celebrate all he stood for through acts of kindness and service. Many will remember the lines of his “I Have a Dream” from the 1963 March on Washington. And many today in the health care community are …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

CMS Issues Guidance on Community Engagement and Work Requirement Proposals for Medicaid

Today CMS published its much anticipated federal policy guidance (SMD: 18-002, see NACHC summary here) reiterating its support and describing considerations for states with an interest in pursuing Section 1115(a) Medicaid waivers to implement work and/or community engagement requirements for Medicaid. This effort began last year with a letter from then-Secretary Price and CMS Administrator …

Health Center News

2017 Ends with a “Cliffhanger”

2017 brought forth a year of challenges for Community Health Centers that included natural disasters and a man-made one: a funding cliff. The funding cliff came as it was revealed that health centers now serve more people than ever at 27 million, or 1 in 12 Americans.  Leading up to the funding cliff deadline was uncertainty across the nation about the future of insurance …

Health Center Federal Policy

Can Congress Deliver a Cliff Fix Before They Leave for the Holidays? Yes! (But We Need Your Help!)

Congress is embarking on its annual holiday tradition of scrambling to pass all outstanding legislation that piled up over the course of the year and needs to be enacted before the new year. This year they have amassed an especially long list of complicated and critical items that need attention before they attempt to leave …

Health Center News

NACHC Partners with Colleges to Support Educational Opportunities for Health Center Workforce

Even before the expiration of the Community Health Centers Fund, workforce shortages posed a challenge for health centers. A 2016 NACHC survey found that almost all health centers were experiencing at least one clinical vacancy and more than two-thirds were recruiting for at least one family physician. To combat this problem, NACHC is working with …

Health Center News

Controlling Hypertension in Health Centers

Nine health centers have been named 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions for working with patients to achieve hypertension (high blood pressure) control rates at or above 70 percent. We’ve now learned more information about the types of interventions the winning health centers used to improve hypertension rates. These include: Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP), …