This Week in CHCACTion!
April 1, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
We have just returned from Washington, DC, where CHCACT staff and representatives from 12 health centers participated in NACHC’s Policy & Issues Forum and visited with members of CT’s Congressional delegation.
Our CT team included health center leadership, health center board members/patients, and students from the Urban Service Track program at UConn and Quinnipiac. Together, we met with elected officials and staff, sharing the value of health centers, as well as some federal policy priorities for the next several months.
Chief among them – the renewal of the Community Health Center Fund, established by the Affordable Care Act. The Fund provides about 60% of health centers’ federal funding, and is set to expire on September 30th unless Congress acts to extend it once more. Level annual appropriations are also needed. Combined, these federal revenue sources are critical to health centers’ ability to continue to serve all who come through their doors – regardless of age, income, immigration status, pre-existing condition, language, or ability to pay.
CHCACT also thanked our Congressional delegation for their ongoing support of the health center mission. We will work together to protect Medicaid, which serves over 62% of CT health center patients. And we asked for their support for workforce recruitment tools, like National Health Service Corps. You can help us advocate with our Congressional delegation by clicking here!
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|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals develops and expands community-based experiential training to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce.
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!
3.28.19 Hartford Courant — Recovery Group for Teens, Families (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
3.27.19 Hartford Business Journal — Report: Hartford Area Ranks Fourth in Physician Wage Gap
3.27.19 WNPR — Outgoing Public Health Commissioner Talks Health Costs, Disparities And The State’s Future
3.27.19 Kaiser Health News — Federal Judge Again Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements
3.28.19 Governing — Poorest Expected to Lose Food Stamps First Under New Rule
3.28.19 Governing — Trump More than Doubled Funding for the Opioid Crisis. How is it Being Spent?
3.27.19 CT Health I-Team — Cancer Death Rates Decline, But Income is a Factor in Survival
3.27.19 NY Times — Mammogram Centers Must Tell Women if They Have Dense Breasts, FDA Proposes