MNACHC Day on the Hill in St. Paul
On the heels of visiting Washington DC, MNACHC Advocates came to the State Capitol in St. Paul on March 20th for MNACHC’s Day on the Hill. Advocates shared patient stories with legislators in the day-long event that started with a morning briefing.
Advocates shared MNACHC’s legislative priorities this session that focus on investing into Health Centers to expand access to care for low-income patients, streamlining the MA payment process for Health Centers, and reinvesting prescription drug savings into Health Centers.
A big THANK YOU to all who came to St. Paul to advocate for their Health Center and patients.
NACHC Policy & Issues Forum
MNACHC Advocates visited Washington DC in mid-March as part of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy and Issues Forum. As part of the educational conference, Minnesota’s Health Centers spent a day at the Capitol visiting with Minnesota’s Congressional delegation.
In addition to thanking our Senators and Representatives for the “fixing the primary care cliff” in February, advocates shared with their member of Congress the impact of Health Centers in Minnesota.
To learn more about NACHC’s policy priorities for the 2018 Congress, visit here or download the specific policy papers:
- NACHC 2018 Policy Agenda
- Federal Grant Funding for Community Health Centers
- Health Centers and Medicaid
- Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder
- 340B Prescription Drug Program
- Health Centers & Telehealth
In addition, MNACHC advocates asked House members to sign the Bilirakis-Green “Dear Colleague” Letter and asked Senate members to sign the Wicker-Stabenow “Dear Colleague” Letter to support funding for Health Centers in FY19.
Thank you to all the MNACHC Advocates – especially patients and Board Members – for traveling to Washington DC.
MNACHC Comments on DHS’ Next Generation IHP
In late December, the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) released a request for comments (RFC) regarding the “Next Generation IHP.” Under the preliminary plan, Integrated Health Partnerships (IHPs) would bid alongside the managed care organizations (MCOs) in DHS’ next procurement for Medicaid services. The change would start in 2019 and only occur in the seven-county metropolitan area.
MNACHC was one of 71 organizations that submitted comments to the MN Department of Human Services’ RFC. To view MNACHC’s comments, click on the following link: MNACHC Next Generation IHP RFC December 20 2017.
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