This Week in CHCACTion!
November 15, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
This week Sara LeMaster, Manager, Government Relations and Public Policy at CHCACT, shares some important news on open enrollment, federal funding, and advocacy activities.
From November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019, anyone looking for coverage or to change health insurance plans can find affordable plans at www.accesshealthct.com.
Through www.accesshealthct.com, Connecticut residents can complete applications for health insurance, including insurance through commercial carriers and Husky A, B, C, and D options.
For help applying for these plans, all Community Health Centers have Certified Application Counselors (CAC’s), who work with non-covered patients to find a plan that fits them. These counselors are great at their job, and truly care about getting people covered. Many of our CAC’s are bilingual in Spanish, and some speak as many as three languages.
If Certified Application Counselors or Health Centers are having trouble/ technical issues, they can reach out to me at email@example.com.
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) anticipates that funding for Community Health Centers will be extended via Continuing Resolution through December 20th, 2019. Currently, CHC’s are funded through November 21st via a Continuing Resolution passed prior to the September 30th funding deadline.
- This week, DataHaven released Community Well-being indexes for all communities in Connecticut. You can access the reports here.
- NACHC sponsored the first-ever Unity for Community Health Day this Tuesday, November 12th. You can read more about this here. CHCACT contacted our Congressional delegation to ask them to support Health Center funding in the Congressional budget negotiations.
- Many of the healthcare advocacy organizations and working groups are finalizing their 2020 legislative agendas and policy goals. CHCACT is working with these groups to ensure that the policy needs of our health centers and patients are priorities for healthcare advocates across the state.
- Please hold the date for the next Federally Qualified Health Center Caucus meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 1:00 PM in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. This is a group of legislators that have been helping us champion issues pertaining to Community Health Centers in the legislature.
This Week in FQHC News
HRSA Gears Up for National Rural Health Day, November 21
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health created National Rural Health Day as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services. HRSA and other HHS entities will host events for this annual commemoration. Get more information, including a detailed schedule for HRSA’s day-long celebration.
FQHCs: The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Reimbursement
Understanding the nuts and bolts of Medicaid reimbursement for FQHCs can seem hopeless when faced with the tangle of federal statutes, state laws, and agency interpretations that are relevant to the subject. To unknot the tangle, this article covers the basics of how FQHCs must be paid under the federal Medicaid statute. Read the article in The National Law Review.
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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 Sara Lemaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
11.13.19 Patch — MBI Staff Transform NCHC Pediatric Dental Suite
11.13.19 New Haven Independent — Weakened Lead Law Advances
11.11.19 Hartford Courant — United Services Gets $319K For Telecommunications
11.11.19 CT Mirror — Charges of secrecy, sniping follow health care savings initiative
11.9.19 CT Insider — Officials: More vaccine exemptions in CT schools putting ‘everyone at risk’
11.12.19 ABC News — Google’s health care ambitions now involve patient data