September 26, 2017

ACU Board Member Dr. Adrian Billings Testifies Before Congress

Last week, the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing examining several public health workforce programs, including the National Health Service Corps. ACU Board Member and NHSC alumnus, Dr. Adrian Billings testified before the committee sharing the personal impact the NHSC has made in his life and the lives of the patients he serves in rural West Texas. Dr. Billings highlighted the urgency of reauthorizing funding for the NHSC and urged Congress to act immediately, … [Read more...]

ACU Board Member To Testify Before Congress

On Thursday, September 14, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to review public health workforce programs. The hearing, titled, “Supporting Tomorrow’s Health Providers: Examining Workforce Programs under the Public Health Service Act,” will include a panel of witnesses to testify on behalf of a number of programs in need of reauthorization, including the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). ACU Board Member, Adrian Billings, MD has been invited to testify … [Read more...]

NHSC Support Letter Circulates in House

Washington DC - Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and G.K. Butterfield are asking their House colleagues to sign a letter in support of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. The letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee asks that funding for the program be extended beyond this fiscal year. Previously the program was funded through a 2-year trust fund that expires October 1. The NHSC provides financial support to primary care providers who serve in designated shortage … [Read more...]

ACU Response to Administration’s Budget Proposal

Funding Included for National Health Service Corps Other Safety Net Programs Cut May 23 - As an organization founded over 20 years ago by alumni of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is pleased to see the Administration's budget call for a two-year extension of funding for this important program. We especially appreciated the language recognizing that the NHSC "continues to be one of the Nation’s most effective programs in placing … [Read more...]

ACU Organizes Letter to Support Medicaid Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2017 Over 100 National, State and Local Organizations Cosign ACU Letter The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, along with 117 other national, state and local health care organizations, sent a letter to Congress to focus attention on the importance of the Medicaid expansion funding provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressional leaders have committed to repealing the ACA later this month, and have begun consideration of a budget … [Read more...]

The Coalition for Health Funding Elects Craig Kennedy as President-Elect for 2017-2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  December 15, 2016 Contact: Karen Wilson                                                                                                      (703) 562-8845   The Coalition for Health Funding Elects Craig Kennedy  as President-Elect for 2017-2018 McLean, VA – Craig Kennedy, Executive Director for the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, has been elected President-elect of … [Read more...]

National Groups Call on Congress to Extend Safety Net Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 National Groups Call on Congress to Extend Safety Net Funding A coalition of national groups dedicated to the well-being of children, vulnerable people, and underserved communities today urged Congress to act swiftly to extend funding for vital safety net programs that will expire next year without legislative action. "Without action by Congress either later this year or early in the next Congress, major disruptions will begin taking place, negatively … [Read more...]

Clinton Proposes “Near Tripling” of NHSC

On Saturday, Secretary Hillary Clinton announced additional details of her health care proposals, including a call to “nearly triple” the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), founded by NHSC alumni in 1996, has been urging policy-makers to strengthen and expand the program to address the shortages that exist across the country. Secretary Clinton also called for investments in the Health Centers program and reforms in the insurance … [Read more...]

Statement on President’s FY17 Budget

With the release of President Obama’s FY2017 Budget Proposal, the Administration has once again shown its strong and on-going support for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. “We applaud the President’s strong and consistent support for this effective program,” said Craig A. Kennedy MPH, ACU’s Executive Director. “The President’s proposal will enable millions of people to get the primary care they need, and do so in a cost-effective manner. In addition, the President has proposed … [Read more...]

Senate Bill Would Expand NHSC to Jails

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation expanding the eligible placement sites for the National Health Service Corps to include county and municipal jails. To date, only state and federal prisons were eligible for NHSC placements. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved has supported the legislation, recognizing the critical need for primary care providers in these facilities. To read more about the legislation, see Sen. Durbin's full press release. … [Read more...]