NRHA Supports New Legislation for Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics

NRHA is excited to announce support for two new key pieces of legislation that will support and improve our Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). These two essential providers ensure that primary care and other crucial services are present in underserved rural communities, guaranteeing quality, affordable care for every rural American.

Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act
Last week, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act (S. 1037) to support their strong future. The bill provides regulatory relief for rural health clinics and improves reimbursements, listening to the concerns RHC providers and NRHA have shared. NRHA is proud to support this legislation.

Call your Senators and ask them to support the Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act. 
Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act
On Thursday, March 28, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) announced the introduction of the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act of 2019. Under this bill, CHCs and the National Health Service Corps will receive a 10% increase in funding each year for the next five years. The bill expands and extends funding for CHCs and includes an additional $4.6 billion for capital projects, to allow CHCs to expand services and modernize facilities.

For FY19, the bill would allocate $5.63 billion in funding for federally qualified health centers; that funding would increase to $6.19 billion for fiscal 2020, with increases every year, up to $9.06 billion for fiscal 2024. NRHA is also proud to support this legislation, which will help ensure CHCs sustainable future in rural areas.

Call your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act.

If you have any questions, please reach out. To see the full blog post, please visit the Rural Health Voices Blog here.