Areas of Priority
|2022 Policy Areas of Priority|
Health centers provide innovative, equitable care, and funding is essential for health centers to continue to serve their communities. Our goal is to preserve and protect community health care funding sources including federal funds, Safety Net funds, PPS and 340B programs.
|Increase Access to Care by Expansion of Services
Access to basic care remains a challenge in parts of the United States, and many people live in remote and underserved communities. Tennessee is #2 in the nation for rural hospital closures per capita, and these closures, along with provider shortages, and a lack of broadband services, have reduced access to care. It is TPCA's priority to expand services by advocating for enhanced TennCare benefits and supporting efforts to recruit and retain providers to urban and rural underserved areas.
|Improve Social Determinants of Health
Community health centers lead the way in identifying and addressing the influence of social determinants of health in medically underserved communities. TPCA will educate policy makers and payers on the need to provide reimbursement for non-clinical services such as transportation, community health workers and translation services which have a large impact on the overall health and case management of patients.
Community health centers are adjusting to a ‘new normal’ by embracing and streamlining utilization of telehealth and behavioral health services, while monitoring environmental and policy changes that could have negative long-term effects. We will support community health centers as they respond to new laws and regulations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and assist them in addressing related workforce shortages and burn out.