At the national level, the CHCANYS Policy Team works with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and other Primary Care Associations to coordinate and provide leadership on key issues. The Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration looks to CHCANYS for guidance on issues important to New York State health centers.
Federal Budget Update updated 1.17.17 The Senate and the House both passed budget bills last week. While these bills do not make immediate changes to the Affordable Care Act, they do put Congress a step closer to consideration of repeal legislation and allow federal policymakers to use a process called a reconciliation to advance their fiscal agenda for 2017. The next step is for both House and Senate to draft and debate the actual repeal legislation, find common ground enough to pass a bill through both chambers, and send it to soon-to-be-President Donald Trump for his signature or veto. Please continue to contact your Members of Congress to stress the importance of identifying a plan to ensure continuous coverage for low-income populations health centers serve before officially enacting legislation to repeal the ACA. NACHC has developed a helpful overview of the current federal policy environment and talking points to assist health centers in these conversations. To access them, click here.