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Q&A: FACHC’s Ben Browning discusses some challenges Florida’s community health centers face, and how the association helps address them

| May 12, 2023 | Florida

Medicaid eligibility redeterminations began in April, which means Florida health centers are helping patients retain health coverage or find other options if they are determined to be ineligible. Under the public health emergency’s (PHE) continuous coverage mandate, the state saw a significant increase in the number of individuals and families...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Project Access NOW CEO discusses efforts to support universal health coverage, community information exchange in Oregon

| Apr 25, 2023 | Oregon

Project Access NOW, a nonprofit that works with Oregon’s coordinated care organizations and health systems, is focused on supporting legislation that would improve access to healthcare and social services for the state’s underserved patients. In this Q&A, CEO Carly Hood-Ronick discusses the legislation the organization is advocating for, which includes...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Rep. Ken McCarty, House Health & Social Services Committee

| Jan 19, 2023 | Alaska

Rep. Ken McCarty (R-Eagle River), a member of the House Health & Social Services Committee, said one of his primary healthcare concerns is ensuring that providers are reimbursed adequately for the services they provide.     “I’m concerned about our providers. To make sure they get paid. There’s a lot...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Charissa Fotinos, MD, Washington State Health Care Authority

| Jan 18, 2023 | Washington

Charissa Fotinos, MD, Medicaid director for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), said preparing for the approaching unwind of the public health emergency is a primary focus of the HCA.      “The public health emergency is not ending, but we received information from the federal government that we...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Hawaii DOH Community Programs Supervisor discusses state’s transition to 988 crisis line, increased call volume

| Dec 15, 2022 | Hawaii

Hawaii implemented its 988 crisis response line in July to provide more efficient access to those in need of assistance during mental health or suicide crises. Individuals with an 808 area code can now call 988 to connect to the Hawaii Department of Health’s (DOH) Hawaii CARES crisis line to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: UH Manoa’s NHCOE Principal Investigator says grant funds will help Native Hawaiians pursue health-related careers

| Dec 9, 2022 | Hawaii

The Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE), at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), was recently awarded a $3.4 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. Funds will support Native Hawaiians pursue careers in...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Andrew Suchocki, Clackamas Health Centers

| Dec 8, 2022 | Oregon

In this edition of “What They’re Watching,” Andrew Suchocki, Medical Director for Clackamas Health Centers, discusses the organization’s work in preparing to take value-based payment to the next level.     “We’re working on being nimble and responsive to the needs of the state, our payors, and our patients to...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Ingrid Ulrey, US Department of Health and Human Services, District 10

| Dec 7, 2022 | Washington

In this edition of “What They’re Watching,” Ingrid Ulrey, Regional Director of District 10 for the US Department of Health and Human Services, illustrates the importance of remaining vigilant on COVID-19 response efforts.     “We really need to stay vigilant on the COVID response. It’s really critical that we...[ Read More ]