Tennessee Leaders Discuss Impact and Challenges in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Section: People & Places in the News, April/May 2017

In March, health center leaders from Tennessee and throughout the US joined decision-makers and public health leaders in the heart of Washington, D.C., for the NACHC Policy and Issues (P&I) Forum. Health care issues were front and center as the new Administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to assess health policies and consider proposals to restructure key federal programs, such as the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare. 

The objectives were clear: to preserve Medicaid and health centers’ unique role within it; to maintain current services by fixing the funding cliff well before the September 2017 deadline; and to ensure strong funding to enhance health center capacity, including investment in workforce.

The P&I Forum provided an opportunity for clinicians, board members, consumers, executives, and many other community health leaders to bring perspectives to Members of Congress and offer constructive solutions to the issues at hand. Participants also heard from government officials, some of the nation’s leading health care experts, and their peers on the future of health care.

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