NACHC works with State/Regional Primary Care Associations to educate the public, health officials and decision-makers at the local and state level regarding the crucial role that America’s Health Centers provide as a sustainable source of primary care, removing barriers to care which is critical to improving health outcomes and containing costs. NACHC provides resources and technical assistance that demonstrate the importance of fortifying the safety net. It supports efforts to:
Expand Eligibility for Medicaid: Expanding Medicaid will help millions of uninsured individuals and health center patients. The infusion of Medicaid dollars generates economic activity resulting in job creation.
Ensure Adequate Payment for Safety Net Providers: States are developing new payment and service delivery models that have the potential to lower costs while improving quality of care for program beneficiaries. As states reform their payment systems, health centers need to be incorporated and payments should be adequate, using the FQHC Prospective Payment System as a floor. Sufficient reimbursement allows health centers to increase capacity to serve more patients.
Support Policies and Efforts to Conduct Effective Outreach and Enrollment: Health centers have been leaders in their communities in connecting individuals with health insurance coverage and increasing access to care.
Increase or Provide State Funding for Health Centers: Health centers rely on state funding to address a wide range of needs including financing for capital projects, providing care to the uninsured and expanding services and hours.
- Emergency Department Care Coordination: Targeted Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and Decrease Costs (February 2017)
- Considerations for Health Centers in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Spotlight on the States: Arizona (November 2016)
- Spotlight on Health Center Payment Reform: Oregon Alternative Payment and Advanced Care Model (December 2016)
- The Impact of State Health Policies on Integrated Care at Health Centers (October 2016)
- Integrated Care & State Policy in Tennessee: Case Study of Cherokee Health Systems (August 2016)
- Integrated Care & State Policy in Alaska: Case Study of Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center (August 2016)
- Integrated Care & State Policy in Kansas: Case Study of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (August 2016)
- Spotlight on Health Center Payment Reform: California’s Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) Pilot (August 2016)
- Increasing Access to Specialty Care through Collaboration: eReferral and eConsult (June 2016)
- Update on Medicaid Expansion via 1115 Waivers, State Policy Report #59 (June 2016)
- 1332 Waivers and Health Centers, Emerging Issues #12 (June 2016)
- Navigating and Advancing Health Center Payment Reform: Development and Implementation Lessons from Primary Care Associations (June 2016)
- Policy Brief: State Strategies for Supporting Workforce Programs at Health Centers, Spotlight on the States #9 (May 2016)