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COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: Uninsured Hispanics Overwhelming Health Centers & Creating Major Backlogs
The demand for services at community health centers has increased dramatically within the last 10 years, and Hispanics are outpacing all other groups seeking care, the Health Resources & Services Admin. (HRSA) reports.HRSA is confirming officially what CHF has been reporting for years. He...
posted 7/23/07 1:07 PM read complete story
FUNDING NEWS: Full House Approves $200M Funding for Community Health Centers
The House unanimously approves spending legislation on a vote of 276-140 that would increase funding for community health centers by $200 million in FY 2008, about a 10% increase from FY 2007 levels.Passage of the bill follows action in the Appropriations Committee earlier this mon...
posted 7/23/07 12:52 PM read complete story
HIV/ AIDS FUNDING: House Removes Amendment from Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill to Reduces Ryan White Funding in Some Areas
The House defeats an amendment in the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (HR 3043) that would have reduced Ryan White Program funding for some areas, such as San Francisco.The amendment--introduced by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)--underscores the debate between cities like San Francisco...
posted 7/20/07 1:13 PM read complete story
BREAKING NEWS: House Extends Medicaid Coverage for Welfare-to-Work Families
The House approves a three-month extension of a program that allows families to continue receiving Medicaid while they transition from welfare to work.This is good news for community health centers that treat many of these familes because it assures that they will continue to be reimburs...
posted 7/16/07 08:52 AM read complete story
BREAKING NEWS: NACHC Praises $200M Funding Increase for Health Centers; But SCHIP Funding Uncertain
Community health centers are one step closer to receiving a substantial funding increase.That's because the House Appropriations Committee unanimously approves $200 million more funding for community health centers for FY 2008. This is more than 10% higher than was allocated in FY 2007."If [Co...
posted 7/13/07 1:25 PM read complete story
BREAKING NEWS: Congress and White House Deadlocked over SCHIP and Medicaid Funding
The bitter partisan tone between the White House and the Democratic majority in Congress is having a negative effect on securing adequate funding for Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Ed Howard, executive vice president of the Alliance for Health Reform...
posted 7/11/07 11:13 AM read complete story
BREAKING NEWS: Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Increase Medicare Payment to Health Centers
Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Jerry Weller (R-IL) have bipartisan legislation to create a Medicare Prospective Payment System for America's health centers that will enhance care for seniors and provide fiscal relief for health centers struggling with an outdated payment cap. Th...
posted 7/11/07 09:06 AM read complete story
NEWS FLASH: Senate Panel Approves Record Increase in Funding for Community Health Centers
The Senate Appropriations Committee marks up its legislation to fund the Health & Human Services and Education departments for FY 2008. The bill would include a record funding increase for community health centers program.The action follows the decision earlier this week by the Appr...
posted 6/22/07 1:53 PM read complete story
NEWS ALERT: BREAKING NEWS: Bill Would Expand Medicaid Discounts On Prescriptions to More Health Centers & Hospitals
Rep. Rush (D-IL)Reps. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MT) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduce a bill (HR 2606) that would expand a current Medicaid prescription drug program, which would allow more community health centers and hospitals to receive discounts on medications. The original program est...
posted 6/13/07 1:25 PM read complete story
BREAKING NEWS: Citizenship Rule Could Cause 319,000 Health Center Patients to Lose Coverage
As many as 319,000 healthcare center patients are expected to lose their Medicaid coverage because of the proof-off-citizenship rule, Amy Simmons, a spokeswoman for the Nat'l Assn. off Community Health Centers(NACHC), tells CHF as we go to press. The law, which the Bush administration put into...
posted 5/10/07 10:51 AM read complete story
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