The U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act early last Friday morning to extend funding for community health centers for two more years, ending months of uncertainty for the nation’s nearly 10,000 clinic sites, which served 26 million people in 2016. The bill also provides funding for the National Health Service Corps and for Teaching Health Centers and extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next decade.
Community Health Center Funding Cliff Could Cause More Than A Hundred Thousand Jobs To Be Lost
If the Community Health Center Fund is not restored, millions of patients served by community health centers may lose access to crucial health care and up to 161,000 jobs could be lost in communities across the nation. That’s the conclusion of an analysis produced by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH).
Jeff Levi Coauthors Health Affairs Blog on Funding for Local Public Health
The health of a community’s citizens is arguably one of its most valuable assets, argues Professor Jeff Levi in a new Health Affairs blog. He and his coauthor, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, who most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), suggest that a system that creates and maintains each community’s health constitutes an important aspect of the infrastructure needed to support the community as a whole.
Texas Medicaid Family Planning Proposal Threatens Women’s Access to Preventive Care
A Texas 1115 Medicaid family planning demonstration proposal that would tie coverage to an exclusion of Planned Parenthood would severely constrain access for covered women, thereby defeating, rather than advancing, Medicaid’s core objectives. This conclusion is contained in an analysis carried out by researchers from the GW Health Policy and Management’s Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy. The analysis was submitted as part of public comments to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.