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 Legislative & Policy Corner

Health Reform Implementation

ACA Funding for Community Health Centers
Last week, during National Health Center Week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to 266 new health center locations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to deliver primary health care to communities in need. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients. These awards build on the $101 million awarded to 164 new health center sites in May 2015. The full press release is available here. To find a health center near you, click here.
Healthier Pregnancy Provider Training
A new initiative, Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide Affordable Care Act Covered Preventive Services was developed through partnership of several federal agencies. The initiative addresses successful practices in implementing U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations around obesity, alcohol, depression, intimate partner violence, tobacco, and breastfeeding in pre- and perinatal care settings. The purpose of this initiative is to catalyze change among providers and organizations to operationalize the USPSTF recommendations as articulated in the Affordable Care Act, by increasing screening and referral for the following six preventive services in pre- and perinatal care settings and to increase understanding and implementation of trauma-informed care. To learn more and find resources, click here.
Upcoming Webinars
The Office on Women's Health (OWH) has a series of upcoming webinars on health insurance.

  • Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance Many people have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar will help the people in your community understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them, so they can live long and healthy lives. Aug. 25 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • New Graduates and Health Care: Learn Your Options! Know a recent college grad? Do they have health insurance? If not, they could be just one car accident or sports injury away from an expensive health care bill and potential bankruptcy. Help new graduates learn about their coverage options with this webinar. Aug. 26 at 2:00 p.m. EST