Policy Matters

For over 50 years, Community Health Centers have garnered broad recognition and support from both the public and private sectors for their work in providing healthcare access to the nation’s medically underserved. As the national voice for community-based health centers, NACHC promotes the mission and accomplishments of health centers and works to secure ongoing support and resources to protect and strengthen health center services and expand access to them for people and communities in need.

Working in tandem with State and Regional Primary Care Associations, NACHC:

  • Continuously monitors the changing health care environment at all levels.
  • Conducts in-depth analysis of key legislative and regulatory issues affecting health centers and the delivery of health care to to the medically underserved and uninsured.
  • Educates policymakers, regulators, academia, corporate America and the public about the critical role Community Health Centers play in the nation’s health care system and on issues that impact health centers and the people they serve.
  • Unites all community health advocates through a strong collective voice to ensure health care Access for All America.

How the Federal, Regulatory, State, Grassroots Advocacy, Policy Research Departments Work Together – PPR Work Flow Infographic

Highlighted Events and Resources

Issue Brief:  Rising to the Challenge: Community Health Centers are Making Substance Use Disorder Treatment More Accessible than Ever

Telehealth Policy: Promising Practices & Barriers (April 25, 2018 webinar) Expert panelists from Finger Lakes Community Health and Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center presented an overview of innovations around telehealth policy as well as barriers at both the federal and state level. Access the recording here. Also see our new fact sheet Telehealth and Health Centers and blog post Increasing Access to Care Through Telehealth

Centering 101: Transforming Care Through Group Visits (May 2, 2018 webinar) Staff from NACHC, the Centering Healthcare Institute, the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and CCI Health & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD presented this webinar teaching the basics of the Centering model. Access the recording here.

Medicaid and 1115 Waivers: Informing the Conversation from the Primary Care Perspective (May 9, 2018 webinar) The National Association of Community Health Centers and the American Academy of Family Physicians  are co-hosting this webinar for primary care advocates interested in staying informed and equipped to engage in the changing landscape of Medicaid policy. Experts Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Cristal Gary, and Dr. Felix Valbuena, Jr. will share their knowledge and experiences on how ongoing changes to Medicaid may impact patients and the practice of primary care.  Access the recording here.