October 23, 2016

ACU Voter Resource Center

We at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved want all our advocates to vote in this year's elections and we want you to have as much information about the candidates and how to cast your vote as possible. The ACU Voter Resource Center has information on all your elected officials and candidates - incumbents and challengers - local state and federal, as well as information on early voting and absentee voting in your state and district. You can also use the link in the ACU Voter … [Read more...]

ACU Board President to Speak at White House Event

ACU Board President Virna Little is scheduled to speak on the first panel today at the White House's "Making Health Care Better" Event on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Little is the Senior Vice President for Psychosocial Services and Community Affairs at the Institute for Family Health, and is also the current Board President of ACU. See complete advisory below, and watch Dr. Little at noon today! _________________________________________________________ THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press … [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...]

ACU Endorses H.R. 2

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved offered its official endorsement of H.R. 2 - the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In addition to the permanent fix for the payment program for physicians, the package includes a two-year extension of funding for several critical programs, including the National Health Services Corps, the Community Health Centers program and the Teaching Health Centers program. To read the full endorsement, click here.   … [Read more...]

NHSC Funding Included in SGR Package

Congress is considering legislation that would avert a funding cliff for providers within the Medicare program, commonly referred to as the “doc-fix” bill. In a change from previous years, Congress is on the verge of a permanent fix for the issue and will be considering the package this week. In addition to the permanent fix for the Medicare payment issue, Congress has also included several critical provisions that extend funding for other programs facing funding cliffs, including the National … [Read more...]

NHSC Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is now accepting applications for its Loan Repayment Program which helps primary care providers pay off student loans while serving in communities with limited access to health care. The NHSC loan repayment and scholarship programs have enabled thousands of health care professionals to pursue their dreams of serving in primary care while eliminating most, if not all, of their qualifying educational debt. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, programs like … [Read more...]

ACU Launches STAR² Center

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center at www.chcworkforce.org. The STAR² Center will provide resources, regional training, and individual technical assistance to help health centers address their clinician workforce challenges. Resources The STAR² Center hosts an online resource center, cataloging a wide variety of toolkits, research, best … [Read more...]

100+ Groups Push Congress to Support Primary Care

ACU worked with a broad coalition of stakeholder to draft a joint letter calling on Congress to avert the Primary Care Funding cliff as soon as possible. The letter, signed by more than 100 national organizations, urges Congress to address the funding cliffs for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Centers program. ACU was founded by alumni of the NHSC and has led the effort to save the NHSC from the impending funding cliff. The full text of … [Read more...]