June 25, 2017

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 Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

May 8 – Last week, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a very narrow vote of 217-213, which was cast almost entirely on political party lines. This bill cuts directly into our nation’s health care safety net and is particularly harmful for our underserved communities. According to early Congressional Budget office (CBO) estimates, this bill will cause 24 million people to lose health insurance over the next decade; of which 14 million people will lose their … [Read more...]

Safety Net Letter to White House/Congress on Affordable Insurance

ACU, ACAP, AEHP and NACHC Call on the Administration and Congress to Stabilize the Individual Market in 2017 and Beyond McLean, VA - Today ACU, the Association of Community Affiliated Plans, America’s Essential Hospitals and the National Association for Community Health Centers called on the Administration and Congress to work collaboratively to ensure continued federal funding for consumers’ cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) in the Marketplaces. As organizations serving low-income and vulnerable … [Read more...]

ACU 2017 Webinar Series

Introducing ACU’s 2017 Webinar Series: Excellence in Team-Based Care For the Underserved ACU will host four free webinars featuring nationally recognized clinicians, educators, leaders, and policy makers working to improve access to care for our underserved communities. Back by popular demand! This series features some of the most popular sessions from ACU’s 2016 Conference.You can take this chance to learn from an expert you may have missed at our conference, or share with your colleagues … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]