This week Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the availability of $11 million to support the integration of high quality HIV services into primary care in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York. The integration of HIV services into primary care settings is seen as a critical step in meeting the goals of the National HIV/AIDS strategy.
Governors Rick Snyder (Michigan), Pat McCrory (North Carolina), Pat Quinn (Illinois) and Rick Perry (Texas) have all issued National Health Center Week proclamations. Get the word out to your community by obtaining a proclamation for NHCW from your local or state elected officials with this proclamation template.
NHCW events continue to pour in to Health Center Week website. If your health center is celebrating with an event, let us know by submitting it here.
Don’t forget there are also tools—social media, materials, media toolkit and more—your health center can use to promote NHCW.
United Neighborhood Health Services CEO Mary Bufwack spoke to Public News Service about the impact the health center funding cliff would have on her health center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The “Technology Solutions for Smarter Health” grants will be awarded to Community Health Centers nationwide in need of advanced technology to help people get on a path to better health. The grants will enhance technology infrastructure and help centers more easily communicate and share health information with patients through secure electronic messaging. The advanced technology will also provide patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their health information online.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey ACA enrollment assistance programs helped 10.6 million people with their health insurance options during open enrollment. The survey also found that states with their own exchanges or that were working towards their own exchanges received more funding and helped twice as many people as those who opted not to run their own exchange.
New health coverage enrollees are having trouble understanding their new coverage and this could be barrier to the success of the ACA. According the Washington Post: “Health insurance, with its jargon and complicated fee structure, has long been confusing for many consumers, but experts say the literacy gap poses an especially big problem now.”