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Support the Build Back Better Act!

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees included $10 billion community health center (CHC) infrastructure funding and $6.3 billion for primary care workforce in the Build Back Better Act. The House of Representatives also recently passed a continuing resolution (CR), which is now being considered by the United State Senate. The CR would prevent the federal government from shutting down by funding federal departments while Members of Congress work to finalize the federal budget past the September 30th deadline. We need your help to urge our Members of Congress to support the Build Back Better Act as well as $1.83 billion in discretionary funding in the new federal budget....

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Advocate during National Health Center Week!

This week we join community health centers (CHCs) across the nation to celebrate National Health Center Week (NHCW) and commemorate our mission accomplishments. NHCW provides us with a great opportunity to raise awareness to our Members of Congress about our need for their support. We need your help to urge our Members of Congress to support funding for CHC capital improvements and increased discretionary funding in this year’s appropriation cycle. Federal infrastructure funding and increased discretionary funding will allow us to do the following:   • Expand our facilities and services to meet our growing demand. • Hire additional providers to continue providing quality healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. • Continue and expand innovative services such as Medical...

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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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