This Week in CHCACTion
March 19, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT is just back from Washington, DC, where we attended the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum (P&I), along with thousands of colleagues from across the country. Connecticut was well-represented, with a team comprising almost thirty health center leaders and board members from eleven health centers!
Throughout the week, we learned more about clinical, operational, financial and other topics, including new site visit protocols, quality improvement, communications strategies and policy issues. The P&I also fosters important networking between health centers, Primary Care Associations, federal agencies and strategic partners.
The highlight of P&I is Hill Day, when we visit members of our Congressional delegation. CHCACT continued our tradition of partnering with the Urban Service Track programs at UConn Health and Quinnipiac University. This year, ten students – in pharmacy, medical, nursing, dental and social work – joined us to meet with Congresspeople and their staff. The collaboration is a great way for students to learn about advocacy – and for them to network with health center leaders (hopefully their future employers!). In total, almost forty people from Connecticut went to Capitol Hill last Thursday to thank our delegation for their leadership and support of health centers and discuss important issues for the coming year.
This year, NACHC, CHCACT and health centers are asking Congress to:
- protect and stabilize health center funding;
- protect the Medicaid program on the federal level;
- direct resources to health centers and ease policy restrictions to help combat the opioid epidemic;
- expand telehealth; and
- support 340B.
You can learn more about these issues on the Health Center Advocacy web site.
And you can see photos from our trip on CHCACT’s facebook page! I hope you will consider coming to next year’s P&I, which is scheduled for March 26-30, 2019.
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This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
3.15.18 CT Viewpoints — Patient Privacy at Risk for the Sake of Medical Data
3.15.18 CT Health I-Team — As Lead in Children Persists, State Lawmakers Look to Tackle Risks
3.14.18 CT NewsJunkie — Health Care Union Announces Strike
3.14.18 CT Mirror — A Debate Over How Government Should Identify Our Ethnicity
3.14.18 Hartford Business Journal — HHC-GoHealth Open Urgent Care Clinics in Norwich, New London
3.14.18 Hartford Business Journal — CTHealthLink, DSS Agreement Seen as Benefit to Medicaid Patients, Doctors
3.14.18 Hartford Business Journal — Deaf Woman Sues Hartford Healthcare for Not Providing Interpreter
3.13.18 CT Mirror — Report – Overhaul Needed to Avoid “Untimely” Health Care for Inmates
3.15.18 CT NewsJunkie — Work Requirements for Medicaid Exposes Ideological Divide
3.15.18 CT Viewpoints — Medicaid Work Requirements Don’t Work for Connecticut Patients
3.19.18 Kaiser Health News — Paying Hospitals to Keep People Out of Hospitals? It Works in Maryland
3.19.18 Kaiser Health News — Docs Worry There’s Nowhere to Send Expectant and New Moms with Depression
3.19.18 NY Times — Medicare Doesn’t Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Problem
3.15.18 Kaiser Health News — Use of HIV-Prevention Drug Grows, But Lags Among Non-Whites
3.15.18 NY Times — Adding Formula to Some Breast Milk May Help Some Newborns
3.14.18 Governing — Where the Pay Gap Between Male and Female Doctors is Biggest
3.13.18 Kaiser Health News — Patients Overpay for Prescriptions 23% of the Time