October 14, 2015

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 is hiring!


We’re looking for a Membership Director who will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to our wonderful association. The opportunity to bring a mix of both tested and innovative ideas to our mission-driven association is right here! We are based in northern Virginia with a growing staff who are committed to ensuring everyone in our country has access to primary health care, with our roots based in the National Health Service Corps program. Our membership has a wide variety of professional interests, … [Read more...]

Michael Mank Joins ACU Board


At the June 2015 meeting, Michael Mank was elected to the ACU Board of Directors as one of two Health Professionals in Training. His term runs for one year and he joins Justin D'Addario of Stony Brook University School of Medicine as the two Health Professionals in Training on the Board. Michael Mank is a 4th year medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University and a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar. Prior to medical school, he worked … [Read more...]

2015 Conference Program Now Available


The full 2015 Conference Program is now available online. We have every speaker, every workshop, every sponsor and every exhibitor included, with more details on the hotel and transportation options as well. Check out the program and see pictures of the conference! … [Read more...]

Senate Bill Would Expand NHSC to Jails

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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...]

President Reconfirms Strong Support for NHSC in FY16 Budget

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Proposes Field Strength of 15,000 for the Program McLean, VA – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) expressed its strong appreciated for the President’s FY2016 Budget Request for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program today. The President’s Budget would expand the program to include 15,000 primary care providers in underserved communities across the country – the current field strength is roughly 8,500 providers. The NHSC program provides loan repayment and … [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

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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...]