May 23, 2017

August Policy Update: Student Loans and a Money Mess

August Recess Sees Student Loan Issue Resolved, FY14 Appropriations Mess Washington DC – This week Congress starts its annual August District Work Period, which means they won’t be back in town until September 9th.  With the current fiscal year ending September 30th, Congress is currently scheduled to be in session only 9 days in September.  Recognizing this, House and Senate leaders were trying to move as many of the 12 annual appropriations bills as possible.  However, the House was only able … [Read more...]

National Health Service Corps Funding Update

Senate Committee Passes Labor, HHS Funding Measure Late last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its funding proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 by a party-line vote of 16-14.  The bill funds all discretionary programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Departments as well as a number of other critical domestic programs. However, the Senate Committee did not provide any new funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Indeed the bill is almost silent on … [Read more...]

Student Loan Update

Senators Reach a Tentative Deal to Lower Interest Rates Low Today a bi-partisan group of Senators reached a deal that would lower the interest rates on college loans, change how the loan rate is determined, and introduce a cap on further increases. On July 1st the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%, months after unsubsidized Stafford loans had also risen to 6.8% (see our previous update to learn more about the different types of loans). The agreement, … [Read more...]

Community Health Centers’ Role in Family Planning

  Lisa Maldonado, co-author of Community Health Centers’ Role in Family Planning [PDF], discusses her ACU Column, published in the May 2013 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Maldonado serves as Executive Director of the Reproductive Health Access Project while her co-authors Ruth Lesnewski and Linda Prine are both affiliated with the Institute for Family Health and the Reproductive Health Access Project. Q. What are the lessons that you want other … [Read more...]

College Loans and Congress: Why you should care

On July 1st, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubled, from 3.4% to 6.8%. Without quick corrective action from Congress, this will significantly raise the interest rate on loans for as many as five million college students. But what are Stafford Loans? And why should clinicians care? What are Stafford Loans? Stafford loans are a critical part of the financial aid offered by the federal government to college students. There are two kinds of Stafford loans: Subsidized … [Read more...]

Tina Castanares’ Career in Migrant Health

Dr. Tina Castanares has worked tirelessly to serve the migrant community, and particularly farm workers, in Oregon for more than 40 years. In this interview, Dr. Castanares discussed the challenges facing clinicians working for migrants, as well as what she feels needs to be done by policy makers and clinicians to enhance the quality of care migrants are receiving. She also went on to discuss the importance of end-of-life care, and how trans-disciplinary care is making a difference in the … [Read more...]

Resources for Caring for Farm Workers

By: Giulia Earle-Richardson, Write Resources, gwrite@stny.rr.com The Farmworker Clinical Care Resource for Occupational Health is a searchable website including hundreds of links to a range of free online resources for migrant health care providers, nurses and educators. It was developed by The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Most clinicians visit the site to access patient education materials, available in printer-friendly versions on the site or via … [Read more...]

Craig Kennedy Named Executive Director of Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

The Board of Directors of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) today announces the appointment of Craig Kennedy, MPH as executive director. Kennedy will assume the Executive Director position following the retirement of  Kathie Westpheling, who has led the organization since 2002. In announcing the appointment, ACU President Katherine Brieger said, “The ACU Board is pleased to welcome Craig Kennedy in this important position. He is firmly committed to the mission of ACU and … [Read more...]