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In This Issue
"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well."
-Marcus Martial
Some advise for all women out there for National Women's Health Week from the First Lady of the U.S.: "here's the bottom line for us women: No more excuses. Today, we're more empowered than ever before to take control of our lives and our health. Whether it's pushing ourselves a little harder at the gym, calling our doctors to make sure we're up to date on our screenings, or reminding our girlfriends that they can access these preventive health care services without a co-pay-we can all truly make a difference, not just for ourselves, but for our mothers and daughters, our grandmothers and granddaughters, and all the women in our lives who we love."
Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength
-Betty Friedman
It is never too late to take steps for better health!!

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Let's Stay Connected
May, 17 2013 
CHC Spotlight
May 15, 2013 was an exciting day for Family Health Centers of Baltimore (FHCB) as it marked the groundbreaking ceremony for their new site. This new FHCB site is right off of South Hanover Street in Baltimore.  

We are so proud of our member CHCs and all your accomplishments!
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MACHC Happenings
Have you signed up for 
May 23rd, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This webinar will talk about the Community Health Center branding initiative that is encouraged by NACHC for FQHCs nationwide.  It will also be discussing the vision behind the initiative and how effective implementation can help all Community Health Center's with patient outreach, recruitment, partnership, education and support by working as a "Community of Community Health Centers.
CFO Workgroup 
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Where: Henrietta Johnson on Tuesday, May 28 2013.
When: Friday, May 31, 2013  12:00 pm-1:00 pm
  • Would  you like to be notified in Real Time when your patient has a hospital visit(Admit, discharge, or ER)
  • Would you like to proactively coordinate your patients care and schedule necessary follow-up ?
  • ENS is a FREE service , provided by CRISP, Maryland's Health Information Exchange.

To register for the virtual workshop and learn more about the CRISP services, please click on the underlined title.

When: Thursday, June 13th OR Friday, June 14th, 2013

Due to the changing landscape of healthcare, particularly the implementation of Health Care Reform, the focus of this year's cultural competency training is on cultural and linguistical barriers to accessing care. The training will provide new techniques in addressing cultural and linguistic barriers to care with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of Cultural Competency for Health Care Professionals and will assist participants in providing more culturally sensitive services in a health care setting.  


SAVE THE DATE for the MACHC Annual Conference 

When: September 19-20, 2013

Where: Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD

*more details to come in the coming weeks!*  

Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
Tavenner Becomes Agency's First Confirmed Chief In 7 Years
During National Women's Health Week, it is important to remember that health care disparities continue to exist specifically for the most vulnerable population of our poor -- homeless women. Studies continue to show that "homeless women have higher rates of mortality, poor health status, mental illness, substance abuse, victimization, and poor birth outcomes." How much further do we have to go as the Affordable Care Act rolls out.
In a 91-to-7 vote, the Senate approved President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Marilyn Tavenner, who has been the agency's acting administrator, was endorsed by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Together, the programs under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cover more than 100 million Americans, ranging from newborns in low-income families, to people with severe physical and mental disabilities, to patients under hospice care in their last days of life. Part of the Health and Human Services Department, the agency has a budget of about $850 billion that easily eclipses spending on national defense (5/15). 
As health care reform gets underway, many providers are already transitioning to patient-centered medical homes models (PCMH) for their practices and are seeing both financial gains and improved health outcomes in the process.
The U.S. government will award up to $1 billion in grants for innovative health care ideas that drive down medical costs, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday. On a conference call with reporters, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the country has made strides in reducing medical costs, and national health care spending has fallen to a 50-year low. However, she said there is still more to do. 
State News
Signed at a bill-signing ceremony on May 10th, the measure includes a provision requiring handgun purchasers to submit fingerprints to get a license.The bill bans 45 types of assault weapons, but people who own them now will be able to keep them. 
Gun magazines will be limited to 10 bullets. The measure also bans gun ownership by people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility. Maryland State Police will be able to suspend the licenses of gun dealers who fail to comply with record keeping obligations. 
The bill is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1. Opponents hope to overturn it in court. 
The mayor objects to the council's attempts to return $250,000 for youth initiatives to its budget after Williams moved it to the Department of Parks and Recreation. Williams also says the council is overstepping its legislative boundaries with an amendment that would eliminate the city's deputy director of parks and recreation.
Finance & Business

Huge drug cost disparities seen in health overhaul

Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama's health care law, industry analysts and advocates warn.

Where you live could make a huge difference in what you'll pay.

To try to keep premiums low, some states are allowing insurers to charge patients a hefty share of the cost for expensive medications used to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-altering chronic diseases.

U.S. physicians and hospitals are in the digital dark ages when it comes to using the latest mobile devices and Internet services to deliver patient care.

As a result, U.S. hospitals are absorbing an estimated $8.3 billion annual hit in lost productivity and increased patient discharge times. 

Affordable Care Act News

Policy Implications:

            After being ruled on by the Supreme Court in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in June 2012, the legality of Medicaid expansion was upheld while simultaneously restricting the ability of the federal government to penalize noncompliance. One outcome of the Supreme Court ruling was that Medicaid expansion would become optional for states, leaving it at the states' discretion to determine whether or not Medicaid expansion is a policy they desire to pursue. Despite the optional nature of Medicaid expansion, it is expected that most states will expand Medicaid programs in their state. As a result of Medicaid expansion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that 11 million Americans will gain coverage by 2022 as a result of this expansion.

There are several key changes that will occur regarding Medicaid, beginning in 2014:

  1. The development of a new eligibility group- any adults who were previously not eligible. This group is primarily beneficial for the childless adult demographic, who were previously excluded from Medicaid.
  2. Expansion of the minimum income eligibility to 138% FPL for all groups, with the exception of the elderly and the disabled.
  3. Those individuals who were already eligible for Medicaid in their state (the "traditionally eligible" group) will continue to receive the services they're entitled to, while states will continue to receive the standard federal contribution for covering them, regardless of their enrollment date
  4. Those individuals who were not previously eligible but became so after the provisions in the ACA (the "newly eligible" group) will result in the state receiving a much higher federal contribution from these individuals.

A notable distinction about this group is that they will not be entitled to the standard Medicaid benefits packages, but states will be required to provide them with "benchmark" or "benchmark equivalent" benefits- benefits which consist of the same ones that will be included by private plans in order to be sold in the insurance exchanges.
(Resource: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013)

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Innovative Approaches for Treating or Preventing Childhood Obesity

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013 

This Safeway Foundation grant opportunity funds innovative and collaborative projects that prevent and/or treat obesity in children and adolescents, including programs that increase access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, and/or improve food choices. Eligible applicants must be within 10 miles of a Safeway store; some flexibility offered for rural applicants.


EMPOWERED Community Grants Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

The EMPOWERED Community Grants program looks to play a strategic role in supporting the development of model programs that address the needs of underserved women and offers support to the HIV/AIDS community to continue progress of recent decreases in HIV among women.


2013 UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

The program provides an intensive eleven days of management and leadership development at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California. Johnson & Johnson covers the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both the participant and their co-participant.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health

Application Deadline: May 23, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.


National Health Center Week  

Check out this advocacy toolkit provided by NACHC for National Health Center Week with excellent details for health centers on how to invite elected officials to visit a health center!

NHCW has a list of national sponsors for NHCW who look at events taking place and choose events they would like to sponsor.  Some sponsors are specifically interested in events where Members of Congress have confirmed attendance.  Sponsorship is not guaranteed for all events and the only way to get a sponsorship is for all of a health center's event details to be posted on the NHCW website.

National Women's Health Week! 
Healthy, strong women are essential to building healthy, strong children and communities, but too often women place the needs of others before their own. We need to make our health and wellness a priority. National Women's Health Week serves as a reminder to do just that and do so with small, manageable steps that will improve our health.
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