FACHC Response to Supreme Court of the United States Ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Date: 06/28/2012 Press Release Excerpt
We are pleased by today’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Florida’s health centers will continue to provide services to the state’s most vulnerable populations, and we look forward to the critical support that will come from this decision.
A copy of the entire Press Release is available HERE.
NACHC Joins NHeLP Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court Supporting the Affordable Care Act
Date: 02/21/2012 Press Release Excerpt
WASHINGTON -- Today the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) joined the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and thirty-eight organizations of health care providers, consumers, and local health officials from around the country in an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court supporting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion...
A copy of the amicus brief is available on NHeLP's web site. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against the ACA on March 26th – 28th. The challenge to the Medicaid expansion is scheduled for March 28th.
For a link to this NACHC Press Release and other related information, pleaseclick here
HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date
Date: 02/16/2012 Press Release Excerpt
As part of President Obama’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius today announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).
The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in January 2009 and set a compliance date of October 1, 2013 – a delay of two years from the compliance date initially specified in the 2008 proposed rule. HHS will announce a new compliance date moving forward.
For a link to this CMS Press Release and other related information, pleaseclick here
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. It is the intent of the bill to enact comprehensive health insurance reforms that will hold insurance companies more accountable. The Administration and Congress are proposing the bill will reduce health care costs, guarantee more health care choices and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.
The Act will not be implemented all at once. Portions of the law have already taken effect. Other changes will be implemented through 2014 and beyond.
Federally-Qualified Health Centers comprise the largest national network of primary health care providers. Most health center patients are low income, uninsured or publicly insured. The health care reform package includes $11 billion in dedicated funding for the community health center program over five years. $9.5 billion of these resources will fund new health centers for communities in need and expand capacity at existing community health centers. It is possible that by 2015, community health centers will double their current capacity to 40 million patients.
The remaining $1.5 billion in capital funding will assist community health centers to modernize and refurbish older locations and build new facilities to provide quality primary care to millions more patients.