Today, representatives of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the country are in Washington, DC, to advocate for restoration of federal funding for the community health center program. The National Day of Demonstration is part of the Red Alert for Health Centers campaign. Funding for FQHCs expired on September 30 of last year. Yesterday, 105 Republicans … Continue reading Red Alert: Time is Running Out for Community Health Centers
Plus the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress yesterday and a few words on self-care. It has been a nerve-wracking time for community health centers, whose funding expired on September 30. Even though yesterday's Continuing Resolution provides for short-term funding, they could still use your support. Watch my video to learn more about community health centers, … Continue reading Making a Last Minute Donation? Consider Community Health Centers
Updated Oct. 2, 1:30 pm: The KIDS Act of 2017 (described in my original post below) is scheduled for markup by the Senate Finance Committee this Wednesday, October 4, at 9:30 a.m. It's still important to make those calls to your Senators to make sure they act swiftly to restore funding to this critical program, and … Continue reading Yes, Funding Has Expired for the Children’s Health Insurance Program— But We Can Still Save Coverage for the 9 Million Kids Who Depend on It.
Racing against the September 30 deadline for budget reconciliation, Republican leadership has thrown all its energy into passing the mind-bogglingly bad Graham-Cassidy repeal bill. However, September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year, is a significant date for other reasons that right now are being largely neglected by that same leadership. On that … Continue reading Republican legislators’ obsession with repealing the ACA proves they don’t deserve to call themselves public servants.
Earlier this week, after Senator John McCain said he'd prefer that a healthcare bill be subject to hearings before coming up for a vote, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch of Utah, obliged by scheduling a last minute hearing this coming Monday, September 25. It's clear that Hatch intends the hearing to … Continue reading How to go on record for Monday’s Senate hearing on Graham-Cassidy.
Conservative Republicans in the Senate are going for broke in their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act before September 30. The latest bill, drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, combines every bad idea that has appeared in a repeal bill to date and then some. The impact … Continue reading The New Republican Healthcare Bill Doesn’t Only Repeal the ACA. It Also Blows Giant Holes in Medicaid.
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES In Part 1 we talked about everything the Senate has been doing on healthcare during their alleged vacation. Now we turn to the House of Representatives. It seems so long ago, but the House did pass a repeal and replace bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), back in May. So … Continue reading Congress Agrees on Pretty Much Nothing When It Comes to Healthcare. We Can Work with That. (Part 2)
PART 1: THE SENATE Congress has been on vacation since the beginning of August but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been doing anything. There have continued to be new developments in the healthcare debate since John McCain cast the deciding vote against the “skinny repeal” bill on July 28. And if you had to pick … Continue reading Congress Agrees on Pretty Much Nothing When It Comes to Healthcare. We Can Work with That.