November 21, 2017

Safety Net Groups Send Letter to Congress on “Extenders Package”

November 13, 2017 - Six weeks have passed since funding expired for some of the nation’s most critical safety net health care programs. In the latest effort to compel Congress to act, and to do so immediately, ACU joined seven national health care organizations in authoring a letter addressed to House and Senate leadership explaining the impact felt by this gap in funding. “Every day that Congress waits to pass funding for these critical programs, more and more communities are hurt,” said ACU … [Read more...]

ACU Statement on Upcoming House Vote to Extend Funding for the NHSC

November 3 - On Thursday, November 2, the House of Representatives will vote on legislation that will reauthorize funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Community Health Centers (CHCs), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and several other health care programs. Funding for these programs expired on October 1, 2017. The CHAMPION Act (HR 3922) would reauthorize funding for the NHSC and CHCs for two years at the same level as FY17. The HEALTHY KIDS Act (HR 3921) would … [Read more...]

ACU Supports Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Funding for the National Health Service Corps

McLean, VA - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) applauds the introduction in the House of Representatives of the bipartisan bill H.R. 3862, the National Health Service Corps Strengthening Act of 2017. The legislation was introduced by Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Chris Stewart (R-UT). The bill aims to reauthorize funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and provide modest increases for the program over the next 5 years. “ACU appreciates the … [Read more...]

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...]

ACU Announces 2017 Award Recipients

ACU Names 2017 Award Recipients Winners honored at the 2017 ACU Annual Conference McLean, VA - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) awarded its highest honors, the Clinician of the Year, Organizational Excellence, the Congressional Champion, and the Top Poster Presentation during the 2017 Annual Conference held in Washington, DC. “The ACU awards recognize outstanding achievement in providing culturally competent, compassionate health care to underserved populations,” said … [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 is Awarded AmeriCorps National Planning Grant

June 12 - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has received $74,266 in AmeriCorps funding in the form of an Evidence Based Intervention Planning Grant from the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), a public-private partnership and the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. The purpose of an AmeriCorps Planning Grant is to support the development of service programs so applicants are better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program … [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 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...]