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Take Action to Support Community Health Center Telehealth Funding

Thanks to your ongoing advocacy, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 128, a portion of the $262.2 billion Fiscal Year 21-22 State Budget; However, our advocacy continues as State Legislators and Governor Gavin Newsom are still reviewing the omnibus health trailer bills AB 133 and SB 133. These trailer bills include funding for programs that will help expand health care access to our patients. We need your help in asking our state legislators and the Governor to include funding for telehealth in the omnibus health trailer bills and to sign the bills today.   Thanks to your advocacy efforts the current omnibus health trailer bills include the following:   • Telehealth – A commitment by state legislators and the Department of...

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Support the LIFT Act & Federal CHC Funding

Members of Congress will begin to review President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Congress must pass 12 appropriation bills to fund the federal government by September 30. We need your help in urging Members of Congress to support $2.2. billion in discretionary funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs) in this year’s federal budget, as well as funding for CHC capital improvements by passing the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act (LIFT Act), which will include $10 billion in capital funding for CHCs.   Increased discretionary funding and the LIFT America Act will allow us to continue expanding our facilities and services, including the hiring of additional providers, the continuation of innovative services such as our Medical...

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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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Help Us End Homelessness in California

We need your help to make sure Assemblymember Luz Rivas’ proposed Bring California Home Act is signed into law. The bill is set to put forth $2.4 billion per year toward solving California’s homeless crisis by increasing taxes on wealthy corporations with profits of $5 million or more. You can help us advocate for this proposed legislation by joining us to participate in the virtual Bring California Home Advocacy Day! Team up with NEVHC and advocates for those experiencing homelessness across the state and speak up on the importance of ending California’s homeless problem. Bring California Home Advocacy Day: • Educate our state elected officials about the services we provide to our unsheltered neighbors community • Learn about solutions to...

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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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Stand Up for Your Community’s Health

Advocacy allows Community Health Centers (CHCs), like NEVHC, to provide quality healthcare to underserved and underrepresented patients. We need you to join our advocacy network and support measures like President Biden’s American Rescue Plan so our patients get equal care. Join our advocacy network here!   How Can I Help Today? Start your advocacy journey by writing an email to your Member of Congress and urge them to vote in favor of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The proposed bill provides $1.9 trillion toward COVID-19 relief efforts, much of which will be allocated toward CHCs. The plan will allow us to expand our COVID-19 testing and vaccination capacity, in addition to providing personal protective equipment that will ensure the safety...

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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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