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NACHC Washington Update

by OIC News on 02/04/16

Your weekly source for Health Center policy updates          

Special Funding Sought to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Obama administration this week proposed a $1.1 billion push to combat the country's fast-rising opioid epidemic, a public health problem that has become a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail as overdose deaths mount.  The President’s 2017 budget proposal, set for release next Tuesday, will seek $460 million over each of the next two years to fund medication-assisted treatment and a $90 million increase for efforts to expand the use of the opioid overdose antidote drug, naloxone (trade name: Narcan), and to boost programs to prevent prescription drug overdoses. Congress is also weighing bipartisan proposals to fight the epidemic, and already approved an additional $100 million in the year-end budget deal to fight the opioid epidemic.

New Advocacy Platform Launch Webinar February 17

As you may know, we are transitioning to a brand new advocacy platform, with new and improved advocacy tools. On Wednesday, February 17th at 3:00PM ET, we will be hosting a webinar to introduce our new advocacy platform, go over new features, and announce upcoming trainings scheduled in the months ahead. To register for the launch webinar, please click here. In the meantime, please be sure to whitelist the email address grassroots@nachc.com, to ensure you continue receiving pertinent action alerts and updates once we make the transition.

Interested in learning more about the 340B Drug Discount Program? Listen in on the NACHC Webinar Series

Join us for the final 2 presentations in NACHC’s 4 part webinar series on the 340B Drug Discount Program.  On February 3 we will be discussing 340B hot topics and will be wrapping up the series on February 10 with a discussion on compliance issues.  Please register here if you are interested (note that you must register separately for each webinar).   Did you miss the first two? You can listen in on the MyNACHC website.  You will need your login information and password to view these webinars and the webinars are typically posted one week after airing.   

HHS and Department of Education Working Together to Improve Children’s Health      

HHS and the Department of Education recently announced an initiative to help improve children’s health buy encouraging connecting health and education services.  Check out the new toolkit sent to governors, chief state school officers, state health officials and state Medicaid directors, to help improve this coordination and see how your health center can get involved.    

Meet Emily Fetterhoff, January 2016 Outstanding Advocate!

NACHC’s Advocacy team is excited to announce our Outstanding Advocate for January 2016, Emily Fetterhoff from HRHCare in New York. Emily is an integral part of HRHCare’s advocacy strategy and is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage staff, patients, and the community. Read more about what Emily’s been up to, as well as our other recent posts, on the CFAHC blog.

2016 Health Center Calendars Now On Sale

If your new year’s resolution was to get organized, don’t forget to add a 2016 Health Center Calendar to your list. Featuring the winners of the 2015 National Health Center Week picture contest, the calendars are now on sale through the Health Center Week online store. Get yours today!

2016 NACHC Summer & Fall Internship Program: We're looking for interns!

NACHC is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Summer & Fall Internship Programs at its policy office located in downtown Washington, DC. There are 6 openings for each term! If you know a college student who is interested in gaining experience in the world of health policy and/or community health centers, please send them our way! Apply for the summer internship here or the fall internship hereThe application deadline for the summer program is April 30, 2016. Questions? Please contact Intern Coordinator, Luke Ertle, at lertle@nachc.org.

Join Health Center Young Professionals on Feb. 8 at 3PM ET

Please join us on Monday, February 8th at 3PM ET for an opportunity to learn more about NACHC and engage with your young professional peers! NACHC’s Young Professional Leadership Exchange will be hosting a webinar, “NACHC 101 from NACHC’s young professionals”. Join us for a discussion about the work NACHC does in its policy, clinical, membership, training and technical assistance, and Community HealthCorps divisions. Gain insight into the projects and initiatives NACHC is working on from the perspective its very own young professionals, and get the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with other young professionals from health centers and PCAs across the country. Click here to register – then share this on Twitter!

Register for the 2016 Policy & Issues Forum

Registration for the 2016 Policy & Issues Forum is OPEN! Join us March 16-20, 2016 in Washington, D.C. to get the most up to date information and tools to stay ahead, competitive and ready for another year of health center advocacy. When posting on social media about the P&I, please use the hashtag #nachcpi16. To register, click here.

Media Spotlight

CMS Releases Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries. Learn more here. 

ICYMI: NYU Lutheran health centers have begun training more than 100 medical and behavioral health professionals to help children in southwest Brooklyn recover from the crippling effects of psychological trauma. Learn more here.

Teaching Parenting Skills At Doctor Visits Helps Children's Behavior. Full story here. 

Tweet of the Week

Campaign for America's Health Centers @CFAHC #BlackHistoryMonth: Dr. Count Gibson helped found #ColumbiaPointHealthCenter in Boston, America's 1st #CHC. @NACHC

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Ends Sunday, January 31st

by OIC News on 01/29/16

Dear Healthy Places Communities, This coming Sunday, January 31st is the deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federal marketplace. Fast fact: Nearly 570,000 North Carolinians have purchased plans so far, and close to 9 million Americans nationwide are now covered thanks to the ACA. Hitting these numbers are big achievements, but there is still work to be done. We would like to ask our Healthy Places North Carolina partners to help spread the word about this Sunday’s deadline Sorien Schmidt, the state director for Enroll America

BTC JUST RELEASED: Tax Cuts Hurt Education for All

by OIC News on 01/28/16

Tax Cuts Hurt Education for All

Costly tax cuts ushered through by state leaders in recent years drain resources North Carolina needs to boost investments in its public education pipeline.

The Budget & Tax Center released a report today that highlights that state support for early childhood development, public schools, and public colleges and universities remain below investment levels prior to the Great Recession. This trend will persist under the budget passed by state lawmakers that North Carolinians must live through until July 2017. The annual cost of the tax cuts in 2015 balloons to over $1 billion each year within four years, and comes on top of costly tax cuts passed by state lawmakers in 2013.

Ensuring high-quality learning and education opportunities for all North Carolina children and students remains a challenge as the student population grows and best practices in the classroom evolve. The BTC report highlights numerous areas of inadequate investment in North Carolina’s education pipeline.

  • State funding for NC Pre-K is 15 percent lower when adjusted for inflation than the 2009 budget year, when funding and the number of children served peaked. This year, more than 6,400 fewer state-funded slots are available in NC Pre-K than in 2009 despite more than 7,200 children being on NC Pre-K wait lists last year.
  • State funding per-pupil for public K-12 schools is 8.5 percent below its 2008 pre-recession funding level when adjusted for inflation.
  • Tuition at community colleges since 2009 has increased by 81 percent.

The report highlights other areas of diminished and lagging support for public education – the huge decline in state funding for classroom textbooks, for example – and how state lawmakers shifted existing state dollars from one area to another to make state support for public education appear more generous than in reality. 

Public investments in a wide range of areas, including early childhood development, quality public schools, and affordable higher education are the essential building blocks of long-term economic growth and shared prosperity. Yet at this critical point in the state’s uneven and slow economic recovery, policymakers chose to deliver greater benefits to the wealthiest few in the form of cuts tax cuts rather than boost investments in its education pipeline to ensure all access to opportunity for all North Carolina children and students.

Take Action

  • Join us for a planning webinar to stop TABOR in NC on Tuesday, February 2nd at noon OR on February 2nd at 6pm (register for the time that is most convenient for you by clicking on one of the hyperlinks above, the content is identical). Hopefully you are aware of a dangerous bill passed by the NC State Senate in 2015 (Senate Bill 607, otherwise known as TABOR). This bill, which could be taken up by the House in April, would permanently enshrine a flawed formula in our state Constitution, trapping our state in a permanent cycle of under-investment. So join one of our webinars to find out how you can help!
  • Sign the petition to STOP TABOR if you haven’t already.

Related Resources

Just Released is an email update from the Budget and Tax Center that brings you a quick summary of our most recent research on the economy, poverty, the state budget, and taxes. If you haven’t yet passed it on to your colleagues and friends to get the latest from us, send them here to sign up.