This Week in CHCACTion!
June 10, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
We have recently concluded the 2019 session of the CT General Assembly. Thanks to all of the advocates who testified on bills, met with legislators, wrote emails, made phone calls, and solicited support for health centers!
A couple of highlights from this legislative session:
- The state budget was passed on time and provides continued support for HUSKY, mental health initiatives, and school-based health centers. HUSKY income limits for parents will increase, from 155% to 160% of federal poverty level - allowing an estimated 4,000 additional parents access to this important program.
- Mobile dental vans will be able to travel thirty miles from the dental site - and 50 miles in rural parts of the state - to expand access to oral health care.
- The state will create a certification program for Community Health Workers.
- Minors will have access to PrEP, providing them with options for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
- And, importantly, CHCACT worked with legislators to create and have the first meeting of the Community Health Center Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators who will help raise awareness of and support for health centers. Thanks to Senators Saud Anwar and George Logan, and Representatives Jay Case and Chris Rosario for co-chairing!
As always, a few items did not make it through the legislature, including definite, sustained payments for eConsults, and efforts to enhance physician recruitment.
CHCACT will continue to work on these initiatives in the off-session, and bring them back next year!
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions,
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|State and Regional Primary Care Association (PCA) Cooperative Agreements
HRSA seeks to fund up to 52 organizations to provide T/TA to support health centers to provide comprehensive, high quality primary health care and improve the health of individuals and communities, through the following goals: • Increase access to comprehensive primary care; • Accelerate value-based care delivery; • Foster a workforce to address current and emerging needs; • Enhance emergency preparedness and response; and • Advance clinical quality and performance.
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q1 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020.
|Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP)
Existing health centers will use fiscal year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP) supplemental funding to expand HIV prevention services that decrease the risk of HIV transmission in geographic locations identified by Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, focusing on supporting access to and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
|340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare centers, clinics, and hospitals at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications.
|Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
The purpose of this program is to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.
Recorded technical assistance webinar: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/pcte_residency_training/
|2020 Integrated Networks to Deliver and Sustain Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs
Through this funding opportunity, the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), plans to award 2-3 cooperative agreements to domestic public or private non-profit entities. The intent of these awards is to strengthen integrated networks that address the behavioral and social determinants of health of older adults and adults with disabilities, and increase the number of these individuals who participate in evidence-based chronic disease self-management education and self-management support programs.
|Implementation Research in HRSA Ryan White Sites: Screening and Treatment for Mental and Substance Use Disorders to Further the National Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Goals (R34 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to enhance screening and treatment for mental and substance use disorders in HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funded sites through implementation research, to advance the goals of the National “End the Epidemic” (EHE) initiative.
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q2 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020. Inquiry calls due by 1/15,2020, concept papers due 2/1/2020.
|Effectiveness of Implementing Sustainable Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Traditionally Underserved Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports pilot work for subsequent studies testing the effectiveness of strategies to deliver evidence-based mental health services, treatment interventions, and/or preventive interventions (EBPs) in low-resource mental health specialty and non-specialty settings within the United States.
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!
6.4.19 New Haven Independent — Primary Care Hub Wins Key City Sign-Off (feat. Cornell Scott-Hill, Fair Haven)
6.4.19 Journal Inquirer — Health Care Execs Talk Community Health Needs (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
6.6.19 CT by the Numbers — Task Force to Review Mental Health Services for College Students Approved by Legislature
6.4.19 CT Latino News — What Does the Surge of Measles Mean to CT’s Hispanic/Latino Population?
6.6.19 CT NewsJunkie — Lamont Promises to Continue Work on Health Reform
6.5.19 NPR — Opinion – How Doctors Can Stop Stigmatizing – And Start Helping – Kids With Obesity
6.5.19 USA Today — CVS Turning 1,500 Stores into HealthHUB Locations, With Less Retail, More Health Care
6.4.19 NPR — How A Fight Over Beef Jerky Reveals Tensions Over SNAP In The Trump Era