skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Tribal advocates keep up legal pressure for fair political maps; 12-member jury sworn in for Trump's historic criminal trial; the importance of healthcare decision planning; and a debt dilemma: poll shows how many people wrestle with college costs.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Civil rights activists say a court ruling could end the right to protest in three southern states, a federal judge lets January 6th lawsuits proceed against former President Trump, and police arrest dozens at a Columbia University Gaza protest.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

Health group hopes for funding amid looming deadline

play audio
Play

Thursday, February 15, 2024   

The price of healthcare has many Americans struggling with costly prescriptions, doctor visits and hospitalizations. Uninsured people are the focus of a conference this week.

The 2024 National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum in Washington D.C. will also examine the use of technology to increase access to care, and reduce health disparities.

The group's Communications Director Alexandra Walker said Congress has previously funded the centers, but future funding is uncertain.

"The question is never whether or not Congress supports Community Health Centers, but whether they can all agree on a bill to pass long-term, stable funding for Community Health Centers," said Walker, "that also provides an increase so that health centers can meet the soaring demand for primary care in this country. "

Three short-term funding bills were passed in the last six months. But legislators, Walker explained, keep running right up to the deadline, and then pass a short-term funding bill.

She said board members will lobby Congress while in Washington to discuss a long-term solution. The next deadline is March 8.

Currently, NACHC is seeking Congressional reauthorization. Urban Health Plan CEO and NACHC Board Chair Paloma Hernandez said the House has passed a bill.

Another is pending in the Senate. But the legislative slowdown is causing more funding delays.

She added that the end of COVID-19 funding created challenges to recruiting and retaining staff.

"The primary care provider shortage is very real to us," said Hernandez. "There were so many people who were covered with insurance during the pandemic, and now they're in the process of having to reapply and many of them are falling off the rolls."

The centers have 35 Chicagoland locations and provide oral health, behavioral health, and pharmacy services. Hernandez said almost 32 million people were served nationwide in 2022.




get more stories like this via email
more stories
The Bureau of Land Management's newly issued Public Lands Rule is designed to safeguard cultural resources such as New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Park. (Photo courtesy SallyPaez)

Environment

play sound

Balancing the needs of the many with those who have traditionally reaped benefits from public lands is behind a new rule issued Thursday by the Bureau…


Health and Wellness

play sound

Alzheimer's disease is the eighth-leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. A documentary on the topic debuts Saturday in Pittsburgh. "Remember Me: …

Social Issues

play sound

April is Financial Literacy Month, when the focus is on learning smart money habits but also how to protect yourself from fraud. One problem on the …


Outdoor recreation added $11.7 million to the Arizona economy in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Arizona conservation groups and sportsmen alike say they're pleased the Bureau of Land Management will now recognize conservation as an integral part …

play sound

Across the U.S., most political boundaries tied to the 2020 Census have been in place for a while, but a national project on map fairness for …

The 2023 Annie E. Casey Foundation Data Book ranked Arkansas 37th in the nation for education, and said 56% of young children were not in preschool programs to help get them ready for school. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The need for child care and early learning is critical, especially in rural Arkansas. One nonprofit is working to fill those gaps by giving providers …

Environment

play sound

An annual march for farmworkers' rights is being held Sunday in northwest Washington. This year, marchers are focusing on the conditions for local …

Social Issues

play sound

A new Gallup and Lumina Foundation poll unveils a concerning reality: Hoosiers may lack clarity about the true cost of higher education. The survey …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021