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Advocate in support of AB-32!

Assembly Bill 32, introduced by Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry, will ensure that telehealth and telephonic care is available to Medi-Cal patients beyond the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which will expire on December 2021. The California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) completed an analysis regarding the benefits, effectiveness and cost of Assembly Bill 32. The Assembly Health Committee is scheduled to review Assembly Bill 32, and will vote on the legislation at their committee meeting taking place on April 27. We need your help in reminding the Assembly Health Committee and our state legislators why telehealth and telephonic care is important when providing comprehensive health care to our patients, and to continue urging them to make payment for video and audio-only...

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Advocate for the American Rescue Plan

Members of Congress are finalizing negotiations to approve the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 emergency relief plan set forth by President Joe Biden. The American Rescue Plan would provide financial relief to Americans, states and localities. Furthermore, the American Rescue Plan includes funding for community health centers (CHCs) to continue administering COVID-19 vaccines and tests, as well as provide programs to address social determinants of health such as food insecurity and housing. Members of Congress have listened to your advocacy, but we continue to need your support to help get the American Rescue Plan to the finish line. Send an email to your Member of Congress and ask them to support President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which...

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Advocate to make telehealth payment under Medi-Cal permanent

State legislators have begun to review a trailer bill proposal submitted by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The trailer bill language recommends how legislators should distribute $94.8 billion in state budget funds to expand telehealth as proposed by Governor Newsom. Currently, reimbursement for telehealth visits under Medi-Cal is tied to a federal emergency declaration that is set to expire on December 2021. We need your help to remind our state legislators why telehealth is important to our patients, and to urge them to make payment for telehealth permanent. • Telehealth allows our patients to continue receiving their care from the safety of their home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. • Telehealth helps patients achieve optimal health by decreasing...

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President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 emergency relief plan would provide direct relief to Americans, states, and localities.

In late December 2020, Members of Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 133), which included a three-year extension of mandatory funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs) at $4 billion per year, and a one-time annual allocation of discretionary funding of $1.68 billion. While we are grateful for our Members of Congress’ support, CHCs continue to require additional resources for us to continue providing COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and quality primary care to our patients.   President Joe Biden recently put forth his American Rescue Plan a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 emergency relief plan which would provide direct relief to Americans, states, and localities. The American Rescue Plan provides additional funding for COVID-19 vaccines, testing capacity and programs to address social determinants...

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CHCs need your support to urge the Senate to pass a new COVID-19 Relief Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a new COVID-19 Relief bill, a  $2.2 trillion package which includes $7.6 billion in supplemental emergency funding for CHCs. The funds approved by the House would allow CHCs to continue providing primary and preventive healthcare and testing for COVID-19 during the current pandemic. The bill is currently pending the review and vote by the Senate, and we need your support today!    Send an e-mail to your Member of Congress to urge them to work with their Senate colleagues to pass a COVID-19 package that includes:    •$7.6 billion – Emergency Funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)s. •$100 billion – Health Care Provider Relief Fund•$75 billion – National Testing and Contact Tracing Initiative•Expansion...

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CHCs continue to require support from Congress during COVID-19

Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) continues to deliver quality health care to patients in our community during the largest public health crisis of our lifetime. We must continue to stand united and stronger than ever to urge our Members of Congress to value our Community Health Centers (CHCs). Join us in telling Congress: Maintain CHCs as a top priority during negotiations to finalize a fourth stimulus package! The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced their respective stimulus package proposals which featured noticeable differences in priorities. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package to provide financial relief to Americans including workers, CHCs and more. Highlights from the HEROES Act important to...

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Governor Newsom’s budget priorities shift drastically due to COVID-19, creating a $54 billion shortfall in the state’s budget

On January 10, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced his 2020-21 state budget, a $222.2 billion budget proposal which demonstrated a strong commitment to strengthening California’s healthcare delivery system. The Governor’s January budget was the first step of a five-month budget period, during which time state legislators, including our State Senators and State Assembly members, review the Governor’s budget proposal, and budget committees and subcommittees in both the Senate and Assembly host public hearings through the 5-month period, ending in May. By May 14, the Governor provides an updated budget known as the May Revise, reflecting his proposed changes which usually reflect California’s most current financial state. The legislature must finalize and send a budget for the Governor to sign by...

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U.S. House passes the HEROES Act, an essential $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package

Beginning in early March, Congress, including our U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas, Brad Sherman and U.S. Senator’s Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris has passed several comprehensive COVID-19 stimulus bills which were then signed by the President of the United States (POTUS). These stimulus bills have helped provide financial assistance to Americans, including but not limited to: workers, community health centers (CHCs) and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.   H.R. 6074 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act   On March 6, 2020, Congress passed and the POTUS signed H.R. 6074, an $8.3 billion emergency funding package which included $100 million in emergency funding for CHCs. These funds were awarded to NEVHC and its fellow CHCs as grants administered by the Health...

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