FEDERAL POLICY ISSUES
Thanks to broad bipartisan support from Congress, America's Health Centers serve as the health care home for 28+ million patients in medically underserved communities. Visit NACHC for information, resources, fact sheets, as well as links to testimony and federal legislation impacting health centers on a range of topics from appropriations to Medicaid to 340B and more.
Health Center Federal Appropriations
To date, several bills have been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to extend the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) for five years alongside funding for critical workforce programs. Visit the Health Center Advocacy Network Appropriations webpage https://www.hcadvocacy.org/takeaction/ for breakdown of each of these efforts (and to take action and ask our Ohio delegation to support the CHCs in their districts!).
Speed read: click here to view a chart outlining the differences between each bill.
Health Centers and Health Care Reform
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Bill (commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act/ACA) made unprecedented investments in Community Health Centers while changing the nation’s health insurance and health care delivery systems. The expansion of insurance coverage through the Exchanges and Medicaid in Ohio has meant greater capacity in Ohio’s Community Health Centers. This has afforded more Ohioans timely primary and preventive care in the appropriate setting, as well as other critical services like specialty needs. Download the Community Health Center impact sheet, which highlights the ROI that the expanded Medicaid Program has on Ohio.
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