Need another resolution for 2019? Probably not, but we have one for you anyway, and it’s important. We’re counseling our safety-net clients to pay closer attention to what’s going on with CMS.
Peek-a-boo. I don’t see you!
It’s tough to be sick and poor and in Florida. It’s almost as tough to be a FQHC or CHC that serves the sick and poor in Florida.
When Congress finally approved the Section 330 Grants under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 benefiting CHCs and FQHCs in early February, there was a collective sigh of relief within many centers. With that Congressional approval, centers now have two years of extended funding, including $600 million dollars to support operations and address unmet need in their communities; plus workforce support through The National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Program. But it had been a long nearly 5 month period since the grants had expired, and it would take some time to reverse the damage done in many communities that lost services and other resources. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, Many considered layoffs, reducing center hours and 20% of centers had instituted hiring freezes, with a total of 45% considering freezes. 25% canceled or delayed renovation/expansion plans that were much needed in the process of providing care.