Advocacy & Involvement
On behalf of its member health centers, CHCACT advocates for issues concerning the vitality of community health centers and their ability to serve underserved populations. These issues include providing health care to the uninsured, homeless and other vulnerable populations who do not have a medical home, ensuring the HUSKY program works well for Connecticut residents and promoting programs that improve the delivery of health care. CHCACT staff and FQHC board members and staff communicate regularly with federal and state officials, provide testimony at legislative public hearings and are participating with state appointed task forces to contribute to Connecticut’s future health policy plan.
2018 Legislative Testimony
2.16.18 House Bill 5035, Regarding the Health Provisions of the Governor's Budget Proposal Testimony provided to the Appropriations Committee
2.28.18 House Bill 5218, An Act Concerning Minimum Quality Standards for School Based Health Centers and Expanded School Health Sites Testimony provided to the Public Health Committee
2017 Legislative Testimony
2.7.17 House Bill 7008, An Act Concerning a Medicaid-Funded Pilot Program for Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Testimony provided to the Human Services Committee
2.7.17 House Bill 5971, An Act Extending the Period Children May Retain Dental Insurance Coverage Under Their Parents' Insurance Policies Testimony provided to the Insurance & Real Estate Committee
2.10.17 Senate Bill 126, An Act Concerning Community Health Workers Testimony provided to the Public Health Committee
2.17.17 Regarding the Human Services Provisions of the Governor's Budget Proposal Testimony provided to the Appropriations Committee
2.23.17 Regarding the Health Provisions of the Governor's Budget Proposal Testimony provided to the Appropriations Committee
3.2.17 Governor's House Bill 7040, An Act Implementing the Governor's Budget Recommendations for Human Services Programs Testimony provided to the Human Services Committee
2018 "Hill Day" in Washington, DC On March 15, 2018, representatives of CHCACT and CT's federally-qualified health centers visited our Congressional delegation in Washington, DC. Our team included staff and board members from Charter Oak Health Center, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, Fair Haven Community Health Care, First Choice Health Centers, Generations Family Health Center, Norwalk Community Health Center, Optimus Health Care, Southwest Community Health Center, United Community & Family Services and Family Centers. We also brought along health professions students from UConn Health's and Quinipiac University's Urban Service Track Program. Thanks to our delegation and staff members who met with us to discuss the value that federally-qualified health centers bring to communities all across Connecticut!
To learn more about CHCACT's public policy program, contact Deb Polun.