April 16, 2014

Sequester and the NHSC


What the Sequester means to the National Health Service Corps More than 250,000 people won’t have access to care in their community because of the broad cuts to federal programs known as the “sequester.”  The sequester lead to a $15 million cut in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) funding, reducing the number of recent awards made for those seeking to work in the underserved areas of our country. Let’s start with how the sequester came to be. In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that … [Read more...]

ACU Member to Testify Before Congress


On Wednesday April 9th, the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging will be holding a hearing on “Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field.” ACU’s Jim Hotz, MD has been invited to testify about the importance of the National Health Service Corps program and the recruitment and retention challenges in shortage areas. Dr. Hotz, who is on ACU's Board of Directors, currently serves as Clinical Services Director for Albany Area Primary Health Care in … [Read more...]

Marketplace Enrollment Exceeds 7 Million


As the open enrollment period concluded on March 31, the White House annouced that more than 7 million Americans found quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  See more details in the official White House announcement.   … [Read more...]

Dr. Jim Hotz Joins ACU Board

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Dr. Jim Hotz has been elected to the ACU Board of Directors at their February meeting with his two year term starting in March. Dr. Hotz' knowledge, expertise and long-standing commitment to the underserved will be a tremendous asset to ACU’s Board. Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Jim Hotz helped found Albany Area Primary Health Care a community health center with 13 clinical sites serving over 35,000 poor and rural patients in Southwest Georgia. He still has an active clinical practice and is … [Read more...]

FY15 Budget to Propose Expansion of NHSC

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Increase in FY15 and Extension of Funding Beyond FY16 McLean, VA – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) applauds the White House proposal to extend the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program through FY2020 and expand the program to include up to 15,000 primary care providers. The program provides loan repayment and scholarships for primary care providers who work in underserved areas of the country. "The President has shown once again that he strongly supports this … [Read more...]

ACU Supports Medicaid Proposal


Washington DC - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) offered its support for S. 1980 - the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Quality Act of 2014, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. The bill would enact a 12-month continuous enrollment period for Medicaid and CHIP, ensuring uninterrupted health care coverage for those who need it most. ACU recognized that S. 1980 would help reduce administrative expenses caused by the cycle of enrollment and disenrollment, or … [Read more...]

ACU Summer Internship – Apply Now


    ACU is pleased to offer a paid health communications internship in summer 2014. This program will allow the selected individual to gain hands-on experience in a organization dedicated to improving the health of underserved populations. Full-time undergraduate students who will be full-time sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the fall are eligible for this program. See additional details in the attached flyer. The internship is supported by the ExxonMobil Community Summer … [Read more...]

Justin D’Addario Joins ACU Board


Justin D’Addario was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in January and officially begins service starting this month. Currently a medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, D’Addario is on track to graduate in 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University at Albany - State University of New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Prior to medical school, Justin worked as an undergraduate researcher and … [Read more...]

Group Visits for Asthma Management

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Group visits, or shared medical appointments, are a growing trend in chronic disease management. They can be an effective and cost-efficient way to teach self management, deliver comprehensive education and address some of the linguistic and cultural challenges when working with asthma patients. In this 5 minute podcast hosted by the Asthma Community Network, ACU Associate Director for Programs Lois Wessel, FNP, shares her thoughts on how group visits can be used to improve asthma … [Read more...]

NHSC Application Cycle Opens


The 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The application cycle will close on March 20, at 7:30 pm, ET. To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2014, will be given priority. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans. The Program is expected to be competitive, and on … [Read more...]

Kirsten Thomsen Joins ACU Board


Nationally recognized physician assistant Kirsten Thomsen was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in December and officially begins her service starting this month. Thomsen has substantial experience in health care delivery and policy and ACU is excited to have her join the Board of Directors. Thomsen moved to Maine in 2010 from Washington DC where she was faculty at The George Washington University PA Program since 2003.  She also served with the Emergency Medical Reserve Corps (sent to … [Read more...]