Current Policy and Advocacy Efforts
Possible 340B Cuts!
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The 340B Drug Discount Program is a US federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations and covered entities at significantly reduced prices. Health Centers reinvest these "savings" in underserved communities to expand services, add staff, and increase access to care for families.
The proposal in the Governor's May Revise would eliminate health centers' ability to utilize 340B in the Medi-Cal program.
The state estimates this change would generate up to $16 million for the state's general fund by 2021, however, it will result in an immediate loss of nearly $100 million for health centers and safety net hospitals around the state, hurting your community and jobs.
Do the Math...communities will lose more than they gain.
2018 FEDERAL Supported Policies & Sponsored Legislation
Community Health Centers Response to Emergencies
Support "AB 2576 Declared Emergencies" to allow Community Health Centers to address payment for services during declared emergencies, including telephonic visits, telehealth visits, and payment for care provided at alternative locations.
Delivery of Whole Person Care
Support "SB 1125 Same Day Billing" to allow Community Health Centers to bill Medi-Cal for two visits if a patient is provided mental health services on the same day they receive other medical services (primary care or dental).
AB 2428 Consolidated Licensing
Amends the Welfare and Institutions Code to allow Community Health Centers that choose to utilize the consolidated license process to have the option to share all administrative functions of the licensed facility, including Medi-Cal enrollment and PPS rate.
Protect the savings of the 340B Program for Medi-Cal Fee For Service and Managed Care
The 340B prescription drug program enables Community Health Centers to stretch scarce federal resources to underserved patients and provide comprehensive services beyond the reach of the Medi-Cal program. It is a vital lifeline for safety-net providers across the state.
Influence the State Plan Amendment (SPA)
DHCS issued notice to implement changes to the current State Plan related to FQHC services and payment including MFTs as billable providers, Productivity Standards, Scope Changes, Four Walls, Executive Compensation Caps, Administrative Caps and other matters.
2018 FEDERAL Supported Policies & Sponsored Legislation
Strong Medicaid Program
Preserve the FQHC Prospective Payment System (PPS) methodology within a strong Medicaid Program.
340B Drug Discount Pricing Program
Community Health Centers need continued, assured access to the 340B Program to sustain their essential model of care.
Integrated Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment (SUD)
Support Community Health Centers' ability to improve access to and delivery of high quality, cost effective behavioral health and SUD.
Support "CONNECT for Health Act of 2017" to allow FQHCs to be eligible for reimbursement in Medicare as both “distant and originating sites”, and to allow for reimbursement for remote patient monitoring.
Omnibus Bill for FY 2018 - March 2018
The bill signed into law builds upon Congress’ historic commitments to health centers by providing $1.626 billion in discretionary federal grant funding to support and expand primary care access in over 10,000 rural and urban communities in the U.S. Combined with last month’s extension of the mandatory Community Health Center Fund, this brings the total funding for community health centers in FY18 to $5.4 billion; an increase of more than $300 million to support the essential work of health centers across the country.
An increase in discretionary health center funding of $135 million to total $1.635 billion (added on to the $3.8 billion in mandatory funding for FY 2018)
Health and Human Services received a $10 billion increase over FY 2017.
$1 billion for a new state-based opioid grant program.
$200 million in mandatory funding for health centers to focus on opioid treatment to be distributed through grants.
$105 million increase for National Health Service Corps to support loan repayment for substance use disorder counselors.
The National Institutes of Health, instead of seeing its budget shrink by $5.8 billion, will get a $3 billion increase — which lawmakers say is the largest ever.
Funding for the health department's Title X grants program — called "America's family planning program" — remains stable despite Trump's proposal to eliminate it. (The administration is shifting the program's to emphasize so-called natural family planning rather than traditional contraception.)
The Trump administration's proposed 95 percent cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy was rejected in the omnibus.
Congress keeps funding flat for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT office. President Trump had proposed to slice its budget from $60 million to $38 million.
Fiscal Cliff - February 2018
$7.8 billion dollars in federal grant funding for the Community Health Center program was included in the bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress on February 8. 2018.
Congress recognized the growing value of health centers by including an additional $600 million dollars to further support health center operations and address unmet need in communities across the country, as well as $60 million dollars to assist health centers in areas impacted by recent natural disasters. We are also grateful for the funding extensions of the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program, two vital resources that support the health center workforce.
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