Federal Policy and Advocacy
The Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) promotes public policies to increase access to health care and reduce the number of uninsured people in our state.
On March 23, 2013, we celebrate the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)! Since 2010, millions of Americans have benefited from the important changes brought by health care reform and we look forward to even more improvements coming in January 2014, with Medicaid expansion and our online insurance marketplace—the Health Benefit Exchange.
In the last three years, the ACA has demonstrated its commitment to low-income and other populations by increasing funding to Community Health Centers (CHCs) and primary care physicians. Health Center grantees in Washington have received over $79 million to support ongoing health center operations and to establish new health center sites, expand services, and/or support major capital improvement projects.
We have seen the number of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) clinicians grow due to expanding investments in the last three years. The NHSC repays educational loans and provides scholarships to primary care physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, behavioral health providers, and other primary care providers who practice in areas of the country that have too few health care professionals to serve the people who live there.
WACMHC works closely with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to advocate for CHCs at the federal level. In doing so, we work to maintain strong relationships with our federal delegation to ensure CHC programs are reauthorized; appropriations are increased; and Medicaid payments are improved. For more information about the federal policies WACMHC supports in conjunction with NACHC, please visit the NACHC website.
For an inside view of Washington, DC, please visit NACHC’s blog Health Centers on the Hill.