One Voice for All
Health Center Partners is the region’s preeminent authority and health care policy advocate for community health centers, serving as the trusted voice for our members, who serve the health needs of communities throughout Southern California.
Through deep and effective relationships with local, state and federal health policy officials, as well as other health care leaders and the community at large, we engage in ongoing policy, advocacy and communication efforts designed to achieve the following goals:
- Enhance the development of and recognition for our members, their health center controlled network (HCCN), and the primary care profession
- Enhance our members their brand equity, positioning them to meet the future needs of an evolving health care landscape
- Foster positive relationships with federal and state elected officials, scheduling in-person meetings with with members, boards and/or staffs at least twice annually to further the missions of member health centers and their HCCN
- Create a productive public policy and legislative environment in California and the U.S. to ensure the future viability and growth of member agencies and their HCCN
Legislative Advocacy Success
Using our collective voice and advocacy, HCP has achieved the following to date:
- Successful passage of HR2, the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act.
- Successful passage of SB4 and SB 10, Health For All
- Support from our state legislative delegation on four priority bills that impact federally qualified health centers:
- SB-147, authorizing an alternative payment methodology
- SB-610, finalizing rate changes at rural health clinics
- AB-2053, allowing consolidated licenses for new clinic sites
- AB-1130, increasing hours for primary care clinics
- AB-1863, providing coverage for marriage/family therapists
Planning for the Future
As part of our advocacy at the state and federal levels, HCP develops the health center policy agenda to be delivered during D.C. and Sacramento legislative visits annually and as necessary.
HCP also anticipates and manages the planning horizon (including all emerging issues) by setting the policy agenda and focusing the discussion on the most important primary care issues in Southern California.
In doing so, HCP serves as a valued and relevant health care resource to members and external audiences including legislative bodies, funders, partners, media and the general public.