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January 3, 2014 
Community Health Center Spotlight

A LOOK BACK to 2013's MOST QUOTEABLE MOMENTS

by Amy Simmons Farber

 

We can all agree that 2013 has been a year of ups and downs for Community Health Centers. Long after the challenges and triumphs recede from memory, what matters most are the things that endure.  Among them are words -- just words. Some were spoken by Members of Congress, others by a friend or journalist. What they share in common is their words in some measure captured the spirit of the health center mission. Here are some gems from 2013:

"Today, health centers operate thousands of clinics across our country. One in every fifteen people living in the United States depends on their services. They are an important source of jobs in many low-income communities, employing more than 148,000 people nationwide." -- President  Barack Obama

"Faced with the skyrocketing costs of health care and the scarcity of health insurance for millions of Americans, strengthening Community Health Centers is one of the most cost effective ways to help address inadequacies in our country's health care system."  -- U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

"At a time when we are focused on making sure as many Americans as possible know about the new health care options they can sign up for through the federal and state Marketplaces, it is also critical to make sure we are boosting access to quality health care services. Supporting our Community Health Centers is just one way the Affordable Care Act is making our health care system stronger."  -- Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

"The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion - many of them Southern - are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute," said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. "It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system."   The New York Times, October 2, 2013

"Community health centers are sustained by nearly $3 billion a year in federal funding -- a drop in the bucket compared with the $2.7 trillion total annual spending on health care in the United States. What do we get for that money? Today, approximately 1,200 health centers deliver care through more than 9,000 service delivery sites nationwide, treating more than 21 million Americans a year."   U.S. News and World Report, October 28, 2013

 

MACHC Happenings

When: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, PST/2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, ET

Registration: Click here

Credits: 1.5 CDE credit

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) are hosting a free webinar, "Contracting with Private Practice Dentists: Partnerships for Access." 

 Target Audience:  Health center CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, system administrators, EHR managers, IT staff, clinicians, primary care associations and health center controlled networks

The webinar will provide an overview of contracting practice, a discussion of the parameters to be negotiated, examples of contracts and will highlight successes and challenges from actual FQHCs.

 
(2) MACHC Outreach Team Call
  Friday, January 10th, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Call in- 1-866-740-1260  Access code: 4319483  

 

(3) Transformational Leadership Call
  Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Call in- 1-866-740-1260  Access code: 4319483  

 

(4) MACHC Emergency Preparedness Call
  Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Call in- 1-866-740-1260  Access code: 4319483  
 
(5) DHMH HPP Call
When: Thursday, January 16th, 2014 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Dial in from your phone:

Meeting ID: 6455

Dial in Number: 410-225-5300

  

(6) 
SAVE THE DATE
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
When: February 20th - 21st, 2014
Where: Turf Valley, Maryland
 
Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
Consumers around the country began using coverage provided by the new health care law on Wednesday, the same day that Medicaid expanded to hundreds of thousands of people in about half the states. Many provisions of the 2010 health care law offering new benefits and protections to consumers, including those with pre-existing conditions, also took effect. Hospitals said they were getting ready for an influx of newly insured patients, but many health care providers said the pace was slower than usual because of the New Year's holiday. In a typical report, Clay Holtzman, a spokesman for Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, said the system's hospitals were not seeing an immediate surge
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters that 2.1 million have signed up for coverage through Dec. 28. That includes the 1.1 million that the White House had announced this past Sunday, who had enrolled through Dec. 24 on HealthCare.gov. There are also 3.9 million people who have been found eligible for Medicaid.
Adam Peterson's life is about to change. For the first time in years, he is planning to do things he could not have imagined. He intends to have surgery to remove his gallbladder, an operation he needs to avoid another trip to the emergency room. ... Peterson is among the millions of uninsured Americans who are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act ... These beneficiaries have not been oblivious to the problems of the new insurance exchanges ... . [Yet] as New Year's Day approaches, and with it, health insurance, their frustration is trumped by gratitude 

People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect. But a recent analysis by Avalere Health found that many may still find themselves "underinsured," spending more than 10 percent of their income on medical care, not including premiums, even if they qualify for cost-sharing subsidies on the health insurance marketplaces.

"You have some great protections in place, but these out-of-pocket costs and how plans are structured are going to create some serious problems," says Marc Boutin, executive vice president at the National Health Council, an advocacy group for people with chronic health conditions.

 
The Obama administration has opened a small, but potentially important, hole in a key requirement of the new healthcare law, letting some people who have had insurance policies cancelled avoid the requirement to buy coverage next year. The change, announced Thursday night in a letter that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent to a group of senators, marks the first exception the administration has allowed to the law's so-called individual mandate. 
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DELAWARE
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http://www.choosehealthde.com/Health-Insurance/Enroll#subsidy-calculator 

 

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Finance & Business

Expect To Pay More For Your Employer-Sponsored Health Care Next Year

If you're one of the 150 million Americans who get health insurance through your job, prepare to pay more. The new year will likely bring higher deductibles and co-payments, penalties for not joining wellness programs and smaller employer contributions toward family coverage.

While some workers and employers blame the federal health law for those changes, benefit experts say the law is mainly accelerating trends that predate it. 

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The Health Law Takes Effect: A Consumer's Guide

By Mary Agnes Carey

KHN Staff Writer

JAN 01, 2014

 

Starting Jan. 1, central provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, allowing many uninsured Americans to afford health insurance. But the landmark law still faces heavy opposition from Republicans and from a public that remains skeptical the law can improve health care coverage while lowering its cost.

The law has already altered the health care industry and established a number of consumer benefits. It will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.

However, healthcare.gov, the federal website that is managing enrollment in 36 states, has been plagued by electronic problems that botched the Oct. 1 rollout of the health law's online marketplaces, or exchanges. The problems frustrated potential enrollees and gave Republicans new fodder for their argument that the law was doomed to fail. After hundreds of hardware and software fixes, federal officials have said that the site works for the "vast majority of users," but some problems remain.

Here's a primer on how the law might affect you.

I don't have health insurance. Under the law, will I have to buy it and what happens if I don't?

You have until March 31 to enroll in health insurance before you are subject to the law's tax penalty for not having coverage. For individuals, the penalty would start at $95 or up to 1 percent of income, whichever is greater, and rise to $695, or 2.5 percent of income, by 2016. For families this year the penalty is $285 or 1 percent of income. That will grow in 2016 to $2,085 or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is greater. The requirement to have coverage can be waived for several reasons, including financial hardship or religious beliefs.

Last month the administration decided to waive the individual mandate penalty for 2014 for some people in the individual insurance market whose plans were being canceled.  Under the law's "hardship exemption," these consumers are also eligible to buy "catastrophic" coverage policies, which have lower premiums and higher deductibles than other plans that comply with the law.

I get my health coverage at work and want to keep my current plan. Will I be able to do that? How will my plan be affected by the health law?

If you get insurance through your job, it is likely to stay that way. But, just as before the law was passed, your employer is not obligated to keep your current plan and may change premiums, deductibles, co-pays and network coverage.

The law has already made several changes to employer-sponsored insurance. For example, plans generally now ban lifetime coverage limits and include a guarantee that an adult child up to age 26 can stay on her parents' health plan. More than 3 million young adults have been able to stay on their parents' plan due to this provision, according to administration figures.

What other parts of the law are now in place?

Starting Jan. 1, insurers will not be allowed to deny you coverage based on a pre-existing medical condition or place annual limits on medical coverage of essential health benefits, which include prescription drugs and hospitalization.

You are likely to be eligible for some preventive services such as breast cancer screenings and cholesterol tests, with no out-of-pocket costs.

Health plans can't cancel  your coverage once you get sick - a practice known as "rescission" - unless you committed fraud when you applied for coverage.

The law earlier barred insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.

Insurers have to provide rebates to consumers if the companies spend less than 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on medical care.

Some existing plans, if they haven't changed significantly since passage of the law, do not have to abide by certain parts of the law. For example, these "grandfathered" planscan still charge beneficiaries part of the cost of preventive services.

If you're currently in one of these plans, and your employer makes significant changes, such as raising your out-of-pocket costs, the plan would then lose its grandfathered status and have to abide by all aspects of the health law.

I want health insurance but I can't afford it. What will I do?

Depending on your income, you might be eligible for Medicaid. Before the health law, in most states non-elderly adults without minor children didn't qualify for Medicaid. But now, the federal government is offering to pay the cost of an expansion in the programs so that anyone with an income at or lower than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, (about $16,000 for an individual or $32,500 for a family of four based on current guidelines) will be eligible for Medicaid.

The Supreme Court, however, ruled in June 2012 that states cannot be forced to make that change. As of last month, 25 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand Medicaid.

What if I make too much money for Medicaid but still can't afford to buy insurance?

You might be eligible for government subsidies to help you pay for private insurance sold in the state-based insurance marketplaces, also called exchanges.

These premium subsidies will be available for individuals and families with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the poverty level, or about $11,490 to $45,960 for individuals and $23,550 to $94,200 for a family of four (based on current guidelines).

If you earn less than 100 percent of the poverty level and live in a state that does not expand the Medicaid program, you generally cannot qualify for a subsidy to purchase coverage. However, you are also exempted from the penalties for not having insurance.

Will it be easier for me to get coverage even if I have health problems?

Insurers are now barred from rejecting applicants based on health status.

I own a small business. Will I have to buy health insurance for my workers?

No employer is required to provide insurance. But starting in 2015 -- a one-year delay from the previous date of 2014 -- businesses with 50 or more employees that don't provide health care coverage and have at least one full-time worker who receives subsidized coverage in the health insurance exchange will have to pay a fee of $2,000 per full-time employee. The firm's first 30 workers would be excluded from the fee.

However, firms with fewer than 50 people won't face any penalties.

In addition, if you own a small business, the health law offers a tax credit to help cover the cost. Employers with fewer than 25 full-time workers who earn an average yearly salary of $50,000 or less can get tax credits of up to 50 percent this year.

Citing technical difficulties, in late November the Obama administration announced aone-year delay in the debut of the online marketplace for small businesses, called the Small Business Health Option, or SHOP. Until the SHOP exchange is fully operational in November 2014, small business owners can apply for coverage through the mail, over the phone or with a broker or insurance agent.

I'm over 65. How does the legislation affect seniors?

There is no need for you to enroll in the health law's exchanges. Medicare is not part of those exchanges.

But the law does make other changes to Medicare.It is narrowing a gap in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan known as the "doughnut hole." That's when seniors who have paid a certain initial amount in prescription costs have to pay for all of their drug costs until they spend a total of $4,550 for the year. Then the plan coverage begins again.

That coverage gap will be closed entirely by 2020. Seniors will still be responsible for 25 percent of their prescription drug costs. As of late November, more than 7.3 million seniors and people with disabilities who hit the doughnut hole have saved $8.9 billion on their prescription drugs, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The law also expanded Medicare's coverage of preventive services, such as screenings for colon, prostate and breast cancer, which are now free to beneficiaries. Medicare will also pay for an annual wellness visit to develop or update a plan to prevent disease or disability.

According to CMS, in 2012 an estimated 34.1 million beneficiaries took advantage of Medicare's coverage of preventive services with no cost-sharing.

The health law reduced the federal government's payments to Medicare Advantage plans, run by private insurers as an alternative to the traditional Medicare. Medicare Advantage costs more per beneficiary than traditional Medicare. Critics of those payment cuts say that could mean the private plans may not offer many extra benefits, such as free eyeglasses, hearing aids and gym memberships, that they now provide.

Will I have to pay more for my health care because of the law?

It depends. Younger people who often paid less for health insurance before the health law may pay more for coverage. Older people may pay less because there are tighter rules governing how much more insurers can charge based on age. People who could not afford insurance before may now be eligible for subsidies to cover the cost of premiums - and possibly out-of-pocket costs as well.  Individuals who purchased insurance before may pay more because the law's "essential health benefits" require that more services be covered.

Opponents say the law's additional coverage requirements will make health insurance more expensive for individuals and for the government. Even supporters of the law acknowledge its steps to control health costs, such as incentives to coordinate care better, may take a while to show significant savings.

There are also some new taxes and fees. For example, starting last year, individuals with earnings above $200,000 and married couples making more than $250,000 paid a Medicare payroll tax of 2.35 percent, up from 1.45 percent, on income over those thresholds. In addition, higher-income people faced a 3.8 percent tax on unearned income, such as dividends and interest.

Starting in 2018, the law also will impose a 40 percent excise tax on the portion of most employer-sponsored health coverage (excluding dental and vision) that exceeds $10,200 a year and $27,500 for families. The tax has been dubbed a "Cadillac" tax because it hits the most generous plans.

In addition, the law also imposes taxes and fees on several major health industries. Last year, medical device manufacturers and importers began paying a 2.3 percent tax on the sale of any taxable medical device to raise $29 billion over 10 years. An annual fee for health insurers is expected to raise more than $100 billion over 10 years, while a fee for brand name drugs will bring in another $34 billion.

Those fees will likely be passed onto consumers in the form of higher premiums.

Has the law hit some bumps in the road?

Yes. The Oct. 1 launch of healthcare.gov was marred by technical problems that frustrated millions of consumers and gave Republicans on Capitol Hill fresh material for another round of hearings and charges criticizing President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. Some Democrats have urged the administration to delaythe law's individual mandate, citing the website's woes. After a series of repairs, officials have said that the website is working for the "vast majority of users."

When millions of Americans who buy coverage on the individual market began to learnthat their current health plans would not be offered in 2014 because they did not  comply with the health law's new requirements, Obama had to apologize for his oft-repeated statement "if you like your health plan you can keep it."

With some Americans still having difficulty in late December trying to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1, administration officials asked insurers to give people more time to pay for coverage beginning Jan. 1.  Insurers said that people who enroll by Dec. 24 can pay as late as Jan. 10.

Problems with healthcare.gov have helped keep early enrollment well below government estimates, but administration officials have said they expect sign-ups to continue to intensify before open enrollment closes March 31.

Are there more changes ahead for the law?

Republicans are expected to continue their efforts to defund or repeal the health law and convene additional oversight hearings to highlight the law's problems as Congress gears up for the 2014 midterm elections.

It's also possible that some of the taxes on the health care industry, which help pay for the new benefits in the health law, could be rolled back due to pressure from affected groups. A repeal of the tax on medical devices was part of last fall's debate over funding the federal government and raising the federal debt ceiling but was not included in the final deal. Medicare's actuary has predicted that the law's payment reductions to hospitals and other providers may not withstand heavy political lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), one of the most contentious provisions of the health law, is also under continued attack by lawmakers. IPAB is a 15-member panel charged with making recommendations to reduce Medicare spending if the amount the government spends grows beyond a target rate. If Congress chooses not to accept the recommendations, lawmakers must pass alternative cuts of the same size.

Some Republicans argue that the board amounts to health care rationing and some Democrats have said that they think the panel would transfer power that belongs on Capitol Hill to the executive branch. In March, the House voted to repeal IPAB. The Senate did not consider the measure.

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Grants & Funding Opportunities

Health Centers Can Sign Up for Children's Health Literacy Resource

As you know, health literacy skills start early in life and are an important part 

of caring for and educating children and adolescents. First Book offers a collection of children's books that combine lessons in literacy with lessons on practicing healthy behaviors.  The program works with health professionals like you to ensure low-income kids have access to brand new, high-quality books they need to succeed.  By joining the First Book network, you'll have ongoing access to free and deeply discounted new books for the children you serve. Click here to sign-up. After signing up, keep an eye on your inbox for a welcome email from First Book and instructions on how to start selecting from the wide variety of great titles. Questions may be directed to (866) READ-NOW or by email to help@firstbook.org.  

  

Community Health Center Executive Fellowship

Application Deadline: Prior to First Session, January 15, 2014

This 11-month distance learning program is sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Health Policy & Management, in collaboration with the Greater Midwest Association of Primary Health Care and the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved. The Fellowship is designed to prepare emerging leaders for increasingly responsible management positions in community health centers.  Leveraging interactive online technology, students are able to expand their knowledge and develop the professional skills necessary to respond to the dynamic challenges that exist in the community health environment. The program offers two options:

   

  • Option 1: By completing all six modules you will received a certificate from the University of Kansas and a lapel pin designating you a "CHC Executive Fellow." Tuition in 2014 is $4,500, plus cost of books, travel/lodging for Capstone in Washington, D.C., plus $150 for meals and transportation.
  • Option 2: Individual module(s) are available for people who may not want (or have time for) the entire curriculum or the CHC Executive Fellow designation, but just want to focus on one or more particular critical areas. Tuition for individual modules is $950 each plus cost of books.  Check the academic calendar on the program's website to see when the module(s) you're interested in are scheduled.

   

Please email Marsha Killian for more information and/or to begin the application process. 

 

FY 2014 Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program: HRSA-14-043

Application Deadline: January 16, 2014

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has announced this funding to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network.  For the purposes of this grant program, a rural health network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three separately owned regional or local health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community.  Networks can include a wide range of community partners including social service agencies, faith-based organizations, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies or other entities with an interest in a community's health care system. Successful applicants may request up to $85,000 for one year to create a foundation for their infrastructure and form a coordinated plan among members to address important regional or local health needs.  ORHP expects to fund approximately 15 grantees. There will be a technical assistance call on Tuesday, December 3 at 1:00 pm ET:

 

Meeting Name: Rural Health Network Development 

Planning Program 

Web connection: Click here

Toll-free call-in number: (800) 475-0512

Participant Passcode:  5732913

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces new funding opportunities to support the primary care workforce

To help expand and support the nation's supply of primary care practitioners, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of funds for two programs that receive funding under the Affordable Care Act. 

 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 14, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)  
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. Interested health center nurses should feel free to contact Cheri Rinehart, PACHC President & CEO and a graduate of the program, for more information, including other PA health center alumni of the program.

 

Debunk the Myths: Grant Application Video Series

Federal grants can be excellent funding opportunities for your project, but not understanding the process can lead to a great deal of frustration. This video series will debunk common myths and assist you with your grant applications.
  

FY 2014 Service Area Competition (SAC) Technical Assistance

Service Area Competition - New, Competing Continuation, and Supplemental (HRSA-14-021, HRSA-14-022, HRSA14-023, HRSA-14-024, HRSA-14-025, HRSA-14-026, HRSA-14-027, HRSA-14-028)

Through the Service Area Competition (SAC), HRSA will award approximately $468 million in funding to an estimated 310 SAC applicants. A SAC application is a request for Federal financial assistance to support comprehensive primary health care services for a competitively announced underserved area or population. All available service areas (see below) are currently served by Health Center Program grantees whose project periods are ending in FY 2014.

Application Deadlines

Project Period Start DateHRSA Announcement NumberGrants.gov Deadline (11:59 PM ET)HRSA EHB Deadline (5:00 PM ET)
November 1, 2013HRSA-14-021July 24, 2013August 7, 2013
December 1, 2013HRSA-14-022July 31, 2013August 14, 2013
January 1, 2014HRSA-14-023August 14, 2013August 28, 2013
February 1, 2014HRSA-14-024September 11, 2013September 25, 2013
March 1, 2014HRSA-14-025October 9, 2013October 23, 2013
April 1, 2014HRSA-14-026October 30, 2013November 13, 2013
May 1, 2014HRSA-14-027December 4, 2013December 18, 2013
June 1, 2014HRSA-14-028January 8, 2014January 22, 2014

*Please click on the title for more information regarding the various grants. 

 

  

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Loan program to Section 330 health centers to obtain a loan guarantee for the financing of a medical facility construction, renovation and modernization.
Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Corner 

Weekly Questions and Answers around PCMH to help you!

 

Practice Requirements

1. What does NCQA Level 1+ and Level 2+ mean? 


Maryland is considering designating "must pass" elements within each of the nine NCQA domains. These elements have been more strongly linked to potential reductions in costs to the purchasers and patients and, as such, are a priority.


2. Will practices be required to pay the NCQA application fee? 


The Maryland Health Care Commission is working to obtain external funding to cover practices' NCQA application fees. At this time, the Commission has not identified a funding source, but will notify Program practices when and if funding becomes available. Fees for first-time applications include a standard $80 for the survey tool license and $450 per physician. If a practice has six or more physicians, the fee is $2,700 for all physicians practicing at the site applying for recognition.


3. Will practices be required to have an operating Electronic Health Record to participate in the Program? 


No, practices will not be required to have an operating EHR to participate in the Program initially. The Program will require practices to have a registry, either as part of an Electronic Health Record, or as a stand-alone program, to meet NCQA Level 1+ recognition. However, to achieve Level 2+, an EHR with decision support is required. Practices need to reach Level 2+ within 18 months of becoming a Program practice.


4. Will practices be required to have NCQA PPC-PCMH Recognition prior to applying for the Program? 


No, the Program requires that practices to apply for NCQA Level 1+ or higher recognition within 6 months of the commencement of the Program on January 4, 2011. Practices must achieve NCQA Level +1 or higher recognition by December 2011 and NCQA Level 2+ or higher recognition within 18 months of the Program commencement. 

Clinical Quality 

1. Will practices be responsible for reporting quality measures during the Program? 

Yes, practices will be responsible for collecting information on their performance as part of NCQA recognition. Practices will be asked to report process measures for at least one of the following conditions: diabetes, heart/stroke management, and asthma control. Reporting requirements will be aligned with Medicare and Medicaid's electronic health records meaningful use definition for bonus payments and with Medicare's PQRI standards, if possible.


2. Will quality measurement affect Program practices' incentive payments? 

Practices earn incentive payments based on meeting quality targets. Practices will also have to meet certain utilization reduction thresholds in order to receive relevant incentive payments from meeting quality targets.


Health Observances This Week
Remember...... 
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.

The good news?

  • HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

A Pap test can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented if women get regular Pap tests and follow-up care.

How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
  • Let women know that the health care reform law covers well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
  • Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine.
How can I help spread the word?

We've made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

 
Has your FQHC joined the 
National Branding Campaign?

 

With more than 43 billion people  eligible to enroll in private insurance starting this October 1, FQHCs strive to create an identifiable unifying identity for themselves. This is where the National Branding Campaign for Our Health Centers comes into place. 

The campaign is a national branding effort to strengthen recognition of our Health Centers as a unified and nationwide network of quality community-based primary care providers.  Initially created at the state level by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) and its membership, the National Association of Community Health Centers has expanded the campaign nationwide.

 

The FQHC Brand Components  

MACHC recently hosted a Branding Webinar for MD and DE Health Centers with CEO of PACHC, Cheri Reinhart and Event and Communications Coordinator, Kirsten Keyes, as guest speakers. If you missed the webinar and would like access, please click here.

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