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"Access Denied" –
America's Growing
Health Care Crisis


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Community Health Centers (CHCs): Addressing The
Access Problem

Access Capital

"Access Capital": Bolstering America's Primary Care
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The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis awards more than $440,000 to provide assistance, navigation for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace for Indiana residents

(1/9/14)


In late December 2013, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis awarded three grants totaling $440,376.34 to provide Hoosiers with greater access to navigation assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Grants were provided to Indiana 2‐1‐1, the Indiana Primary Health Care Association and Eskenazi Health.

To read more, click here.



Riggs Health Clinic Leader Plans May Retirement
(11/7/13)


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Moving Starke County Forward Honored by IPHCA Award
(10/17/13)


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Navigators Help Consumers Find Their Way In New Healthcare Marketplace
(10/7/13)


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Hospitals Prepare For Health Exchange
(9/26/13)


Hoosiers have less than a week until open enrollment begins for the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace. The Indiana Hospital Association and the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, Inc. are preparing to help uninsured Hoosiers learn about and apply for the new health care coverage program operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

For more information click here.



Shakamak Medical Center Opened its Doors on September 9th, 2013
(9/16/13)


What does it take to start a health center? You may be surprised at the answer. Nathan Bridwell is approximately, give or take a year or two, 90 years old. His commitment to have a health center in his hometown started when he was 80. His commitment never waived and he passed it along to others. As a result, he cut the ribbon announcing the center’s opening day on September 9.

Nathan’s story is remarkable. He is a person who chooses to ignore “no” and go forward. A few years ago, he contacted then Senator Lugar’s office about the need for a health center. Senator Lugar, in turn, called the Lugar Center and discussed the issue, the Lugar Center called the Indiana Primary Health Care Association. Five years ago, the planning process started and a year later a planning grant was awarded. During and since that time, the Board of Directors for the Shakamak Medical Center have been meeting every single month.

A New Access Point grant was submitted in 2010 and was rejected. The Board considered giving up the quest. That was before they visited St. Ann’s Free Clinic in Terre Haute and decided to rethink the project. They were so impressed by what they found at St. Ann’s they decided to continue to move forward.

By this time, Nathan could no longer attend meetings. His wife was, and is, ill and he needed to be home to care for her. He has been a part of the process for starting the center through contact with the Board members.

The Board continued to move forward. A building was donated for the center as well as the remodeling. In addition, they located someone with surplus medical equipment and it was donated along with office furnishings. The Sullivan County Hospital has played a big part in helping the Board with this project and have given their support to it. In addition, concerned residents have donated stocks as well as cash.

The new center has four fully furnished exam rooms, two offices, a reception area, and a large conference room. A Licensed Nurse Practitioner provides care under the supervision of their Medical Director. They also have other professionals in the office as well as a team of volunteers.

The Indiana MCO’s have met with the Board and helped them navigate the managed care requirements as well as the OMPP requirements.

Many years, many hours, many people have helped one man make his commitment to his community a reality.

Our very best wishes to you for ongoing success.



New Resources Available to Help Consumers Navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace
(8/15/13)


Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. Also today, HHS recognized more than 100 national organizations and businesses who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace. To learn which organizations have been awarded grants, click here.

To read the press release, click here.



Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition
(Updated 8/9/13)
  • Congratulations to Heart City Health Center for being awarded PCMH Level 3 by NCQA this month!
  • Vermilion Parke Community Health Center was awarded NCQA PCMH Level 2 in July of 2013
  • HealthLinc, Inc. was awarded NCQA PCMH Level 2 in December 2012


Ricardo Diaz Named Chief Operating Officer of Healt hNet
(7/9/13)


To read more, click here.



March of Dimes Awards Grant to Maple City Health Care Center
(6/26/13)


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Community HealthNet Supports Low-Income Pregnant Women
(5/18/13)


To read more, click here.



Medical Licensing Board of Indiana Extends Physician Renewal Deadline
(4/29/13)


Please note that as a result of the passing of House Bill 1465, which fully funds the INSPECT program, physician licenses that were set to expire on June 30, 2013, will now expire on October 31, 2013.

To read more, click here.



Riggs Health Participates in Take 25 Child Safety Campaign
(4/24/13)


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Maple City and Open Door Awarded "Innovations in Community Health"
(4/24/13)


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Former Senator Richard Lugar Knighted
(4/15/13)


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Walgreen Clinics Expand Care into Chronic Illness
(4/4/13)


Walgreen Co. has expanded the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

To read more, click here.



Indiana Health Centers, Inc. Selects New President/Chief Executive Officer
(3/11/13)


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Hospitals Forge 'Landmark' Deal
(2/18/13)


Community Health Network and Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County have established an innovative partnership between Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network to place both systems and Indianapolis in the best possible position for health care reform and to improve access to quality care for all patients, particularly the indigent and underserved.

"This partnership is a welcomed development for public health in Central Indiana, creating enhanced access to care and providing valuable services to the most vulnerable and underserved in our community," said U.S. Rep. André Carson. "Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network represent a formidable collaboration, both committed to missions of improving the quality of care and working together to pursue innovations that make public health a priority in Indianapolis. I look forward to their efforts."

"Improving the individual health and wellness of everyone in Indianapolis is one of the biggest challenges we face as a community," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "This innovative public-private nonprofit partnership between Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network goes a long way toward addressing that challenge."

To read more, click here.



HealthNet West Grand Opening Celebration
(1/14/13)


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Indiana legislative leaders ponder health costs
(11/21/12)


Indiana's top lawmakers said Monday they're not sure what to expect from the federal health care law other than greater costs at a time the state's budget is already stretched thin.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said the state no doubt would have to absorb some hidden expenses, even if the federal government sets up Indiana's online exchange allowing consumers and businesses to shop for insurance. That coupled with a potential Medicaid expansion could make the law a long-term burden on Indiana taxpayers, he said.

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Pence not ruling out health partnership with feds
(11/15/12)


Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has ruled out building a state-run health insurance exchange but appears to be leaving open the option of running a joint venture with the federal government as a critical decision deadline draws near.

State leaders have until Friday to declare whether they will manage their own programs for providing insurance plans under the federal health care law. And even though he won't be inaugurated for another six weeks, Pence will provide Indiana's answer to the Department of Health and Human Services under an arrangement outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels worked out with this year's gubernatorial candidates.

Pence, a longtime opponent of President Barack Obama's law, has said a state-run exchange would be too expensive and also has cast doubt on expanding the number eligible for Medicaid. But opposing a state exchange would not necessarily rule out a "hybrid" system of state control over federal resources, based on deadlines set by the Obama administration.

To read more, click here.



Vermillion Parke Corps Community Day Event
(11/15/12)


Congratulations to Vermillion Parke Community Health Center for planning a great event for the 2nd Annual NHSC Corps Community Day! VPCHC hosted a shadowing experience for nursing students of Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute, on its Mobile School-Based Health Center, in support of the National Health Service Corps Community Day on October 11th. You can view the press release on the event for more information.

As a result of this event, WTHI did a great story on Vermillion Parke and the National Health Service Corps that aired last week. You can view the video here



Indiana J-1 Waiver Program 2013 Cycle
(11/15/12)


Indiana is now accepting applications for the 2013 Cycle of the J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Applications will be reviewed and processed as received, with Primary Care applications receiving priority.
All complete Primary Care applications will be submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as they are processed and specialist applications will be reviewed and held for submission to ISDH until January 1, 2013. You can review the updated 2013 J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines here.

Please contact Natalie Brown at nbrown@indianapca.org or (317) 630-0845 with any questions.



Register for the 2012 UDS Training!
(10/31/12)


The training will be held on November 7th from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Indianapolis Marriott North.

To register click here.



Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition
(Updated 10/30/12)
  • Congratulations to Raphael Health Center on being recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level 2 through the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s PCMH Recognition Program!
  • HealthNet Becomes First in Indiana to Receive Primary Care Medical Home Designation from The Joint Commission. Click here to read more


Director of Maple City Health Care Center Wins Award
(10/22/12)


To read more, click here.



Clinton’s Community Health Center on Display
(10/18/12)


The expansion and renovation of the Vermillion-Parke Community Health Center in Clinton received public accolades October 10th as an open house showed off the facility and staff.

With grant funding through the American Recover and Reinvestment Act awarded in 2011, the facility was able to grow from six exam rooms to 19 exam rooms, gain a larger waiting room area, add on-site services, and increase the facility size from 2,700 square feet to 8,000 square feet.

To read more, click here.



Maple City Health Care Center Adds a Language
(10/08/12)


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VPCHC Provides Shadowing Experience for Students

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Shakamak Medical Center could be open by the Fall

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Madison County Officials React to Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Indiana's Medicaid Dental Cap
(10/4/12)


Indiana's social services agency can't set a cap on the amount of money the state pays people on Medicaid for dental services if the treatment is medically necessary, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The appellate court agreed with U.S. District Judge Philip Simon that the cap constituted a $1,000 deductible that stuck recipients with the rest of the bill, a violation of state and federal Medicaid law. People who couldn't afford the remainder of the cost would have to go without treatment, the court said, and the state would end up paying nothing.

To read more, click here.



Indiana, Michigan Networks Form Health Exchange
(9/28/12)


Organizations in Michigan and Indiana have successfully established a secure infrastructure to transmit health data across state lines. The connection has been established by the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) and the Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN) a provider of Health Information Exchange (HIE) services for Indiana as well as other Midwestern states. This initiative is the first phase of MiHIN's multi-state effort to facilitate the routing and exchange of immunization data between providers who attend to Michigan residents in other states and Michigan's health information registries.

As a critical first step to establish a more precise recording of immunization data in the two states, both organizations anticipate this exchange of new information will allow for more accurate patient history and better health care.

To read more, click here.



Daniels' Health Care Team Says Answers Pending
(9/20/12)


Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' team of federal health care overhaul leaders told state lawmakers Wednesday that even without clear answers on the new law, it will cost the state hundreds of millions more in the coming years.

A new report this week assumed that if Medicaid isn't expanded, Indiana would still pay a combined $612 million over the next seven years as more residents who qualify for the program come out of the "woodwork" because of the health care law. Milliman, an actuary, is assessing the potential costs for the state.

Daniels has left two key decisions to whoever succeeds him — whether the state should establish its own insurance exchange and whether it should expand Medicaid coverage.

To read more, click here.



NHSC LRP Continuation Contract Process Update
(9/14/12)


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) approach to submitting and processing Continuation Contract applications has changed for 2013.

For more important information click here.



Maple City Health Care Center Wins National Innovation Award
(8/23/12)


Maple City Health Care Center has received a national award for innovation.

The award is part of the National Summit on Community Health Center Lending and Innovation. Maple City Health Care Center is one of five organizations recognized for innovative approaches to primary care delivery and initiatives that promote health and wellness in low-income communities.

Click here for more information.



Healthy Indiana Plan Could be in Jeopardy
(8/17/12)


The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says its Healthy Indiana Plan could be coming to an end. The agency says the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offered a one-year extention for the program through the end of next year.

Click here for more information.



In celebration of National Health Center Week (August 5-11, 2012), check out this great video about how community health centers in Indiana are helping Hoosiers every day!





Vermillion Parke Community Health Center Mobile Unit Tour
(8/7/12)


Click here for more information



HealthLinc and Porter-Starke Host Clinic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(8/6/12)


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Health Care Advocates Laud New Policy
(8/2/12)


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Goshen Hospital Foundation Grant Helps the Uninsured
(7/30/12)


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2013 J-1 Visa Waiver Cycle is Now Open!
(7/26/12)


Indiana is now accepting applications for the 2013 Cycle of the J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Applications will be reviewed and processed as received, with Primary Care applications receiving priority. All complete Primary Care applications will be submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) after October 1, 2012. All specialist applications will be reviewed and held for submission to ISDH until January 1, 2013. For more information please review the updated 2013 J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines here.



Shalom Health Care Center, Inc. Announces New Executive Director
(7/20/12)


To read more, click here.



Community Health Centers Compare Well with Private Practices, Researcher Finds
(7/19/12)


Government-funded community health centers, which serve low-income and uninsured patients, provide better care than do private practices, a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.

To read more, click here.



Porter County Community Foundation Salutes Nonprofits, Leaders
(7/12/12)


Congratulations to one of our very own, Beth Wrobel, for receiving the outstanding nonprofit staff member award!!
"Wrobel garnered the outstanding nonprofit staff member award for her work with HealthLinc, a community health center that provides affordable health care for the uninsured and underinsured. The center recently expanded to six locations in northern Indiana.

Wrobel praised her family, staff and the community for their support.

'There is such a need for what we do,' she said. 'I just feel blessed.'"
To read more, click here.



Madison County CHC Medical Director receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from AU
(7/2/12)


Click here to learn more.



NACHC Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Health Reform
(6/28/12)


The U.S. Supreme Court today announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By upholding the constitutionality of the health reform law, the Court has assured that millions of currently-uninsured Americans will have the opportunity to gain insurance coverage over the next few years and that consumers will have vital protections and benefits under the law.

For more information click here.



Health Care Law Expands Community Health Centers, Serves More Patients
(6/21/12)


At Covenant Community Care today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of new grants made possible by the health care law to expand community health centers. The grants awarded to 219 health centers will help expand access to care for more than 1.2 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs by establishing new health center service delivery sites.

“The health care law is making our community health centers stronger and ensuring more Americans get the care they need,” said Secretary Sebelius.

Community health centers work to improve the health of the nation by ensuring access to quality primary health care services. The awards announced today total $128.6 million and will go to community health centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Indiana was awarded three grants. Congratulations to Vermillion-Parke CHC, HealthNet, and Maple City Health Care Center for winning grants that will enable them to serve more Indiana residents.

For more information click here.



The Obama Administration and Community Health Centers
(5/22/12)


Community health centers are a critical source of health care for millions of Americans – particularly those in underserved communities. Thanks primarily to the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, community health centers are serving nearly 3 million additional patients today, for an estimated total of 20 million patients in 2011, and will serve an additional 1.3 million additional new patients in the next two years.

For more information, click here.



NHSC 2012 Loan Repayment Application Cycle Update
(5/21/12)


The 2012 NHSC Loan Repayment Application Cycle closed May 15, 2012. If you did not apply in this cycle and you would like to learn more please visit the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Website. The NHSC will likely open the 2013 Cycle late this year or early next year. Information will be posted on IPHCA’s website as it is available.



Announcing the Launch of the NHSC Jobs Center
(5/21/12)


The NHSC Jobs Center, which replaces the former Job Opportunities List (JOL), is now available! The Jobs Center is easier to search and navigate, significantly improving the way job seekers learn about and communicate with NHSC-approved sites. The new Jobs Center also allows you, as an NHSC site, greater flexibility to share information about your site and community in your own words, with pictures and direct links. For more information please visit IPHCA's NHSC page.



NHSC 2012 Scholar Orientation and Placement Conference
(5/21/12)


Registration is now open for eligible sites interested in attending the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) 2012 Scholar Orientation and Placement Conference, July 19-21 in Grapevine, TX. The NHSC anticipates over 100 NHSC scholars will be in attendance, so eligible sites (HPSA score of 16 or higher) should take advantage of the opportunity to interview, recruit, and network with scholars currently in the placement cycle. For more information please visit IPHCA's NHSC page.



NHSC Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, June 27
(5/21/12)


The NHSC sites located in rural Indiana are being invited to register and participate in the National Health Service Corps’ 2nd "NHSC Virtual Job Fair" on Wednesday, June 27, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time. This program gives you the opportunity to showcase your site to an audience of primary care medical providers interested in serving in rural communities with limited access to health care. Space is limited and registration for sites closes on May 25, 2012, so please register soon to secure a spot! For more information please visit IPHCA's NHSC page.



Indiana gets $5.8M in Health Care Grants
(5/1/12)


Indiana will get $5,867,930 in grants from the new health care law for its community health centers. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grants Tuesday. The grants are the result of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. It's estimated that the money will help serve around 4,000 new patients. Winners of the grants are listed below:

Capital Development Building Capacity Grant
• HealthLinc Valparaiso

Capital Development Immediate Facility Improvement Grant
• HealthNet
• Windrose (Trafalgar)
• HealthLinc



NHSC Scholar Placement HPSA Score
(4/20/12)


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholars are required to work at NHSC-approved sites in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. The NHSC reviews data each year to determine what HPSA score a site must have in order to recruit and hire an NHSC scholar.

The minimum HPSA score for the 2012-2013 placement class is 16 for all disciplines.

For more information, please see the Federal Register Notice.

The Scholar Orientation and Placement Conference will be held July 19-21, 2012. NHSC sites with the approved HPSA score will receive an invitation from the NHSC to participate in the conference in the coming weeks. To find out your HPSA Score you can search for Designations by Address or search HPSAs by County.



The Latest on the Supreme Court Hearing on the ACA
(3/27/12)


To hear Tuesday’s arguments in Department of Health and Human Servs. v. Florida, the debate on the ACA, click here.

According to legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, CNN, the individual mandate within the ACA could be in danger. To learn more, click here.

To hear Monday’s arguments in Department of Health and Human Servs. v. Florida, the debate on the ACA, please click here.

The First Day of Arguments on the ACA focused on the Anti-Injunction Act. To read more, click here.

Supreme Court Prepares to Tackle Affordable Care Act. Click here for more information.



HRSA Web Badge National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Cycle
(1/3/12)
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The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Cycle is now open! The application cycle will be open until May 2012, however providers are strongly encouraged to apply early. For more information on the program visit our NHSC Page.





J. Cornelius Brown Named President/CEO of HealthNet
(4/24/12)


To read more, click here.



Kathleen Sebelius Extended Interview on The Daily Show
(4/23/12)


Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2



The Power of Petitions: Still One of the Best Ways to Make Thousands of Voices Heard
(2/2/12)


In a recent blog post, Dan Hawkins, NACHC Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Research, spoke to the power and effectiveness of using petitions and letters to make health center advocate voices heard

Click here to watch Dan Hawkins.



Community Health Centers Struggle to Meet Demand from Poor and Uninsured Patients
(1/24/12)


Running out of insulin to control his diabetes, Linn Paulley tried to make a doctor’s appointment at Family Health Centers-Portland, a low-cost clinic serving the poor and uninsured in western Louisville.

But there were so many uninsured patients like him that he said he had to wait three months to get in — and in the meantime went about eight weeks without insulin, had to go to the emergency room twice and landed in the hospital overnight when his blood sugar spiked out of control.

Click here to read more.



The Year in Review: 2011 Health Centers on the Hill
(1/20/12)


This was a year in which we saw two appropriations cycles crammed into one legislative year, a debt crisis, a Super Committee, countless deficit reduction gangs and proposals, and those are only the main storylines. What has all this meant for health centers? In this year-end post, we’ll recap what these various events have meant for health centers and the patients and communities we serve.

Click here to read more.



Visclosky Announces Grant Award to East Chicago Community Health Center
(3/5/2012)


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Visclosky Announces Grant Award to Community HealthNet of Gary
(3/5/2012)


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Why Community Health Centers Matter
(1/20/12)


Increasingly, communities are recognizing the value of health centers as nonprofit enterprises that consolidate government, private, and consumer dollars. These centers are critical engines of well-being in distressed communities, and we must continue to encourage efforts to ensure that their growth is done smartly and sustainably.

Click here to read more.



Vermillion-Parke After-Hours Health Clinic Meeting Patients' Needs
(1/03/2012)


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Affordable Care Act support for school-based health centers
(12/9/11)


Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than $14 million was awarded today to 45 school-based health centers across the country allowing the number of children served to increase by nearly 50 percent, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced. Clinics receiving the awards, made possible by the health reform law, are already providing much-needed health care services to 112,000 children. Today’s infusion of new money will enable them to expand their capacity and modernize their facilities, which will allow them to treat an estimated additional 53,000 children in 29 States.

“Children are the foundation upon which this country will grow,” said Secretary Sebelius. “The Affordable Care Act will help ensure our children get the high-quality health care they need and deserve.” Funds awarded today will help create jobs for Americans across the country. Funds will support job opportunities as more Americans will be needed to meet the clinics’ pressing capital needs - including construction, renovation and new equipment.


Click here to read more. Congratulations to the two centers in Indiana that received funding – Shalom Health Care Center and HealthNet, Inc!!!



How Healthy Is Your State?
(12/8/11)


UnitedHealth Group has released their 2011 annual state-by-state health rankings. Wondering where Indiana ranked? Indiana ranked 38 the same as in 2010. The rankings were based on 23 different factors, including rates of obesity, diabetes and cancer death. The survey found increases in America’s rates of obesity (up 7.5 percent from 2001) and diabetes (from 8.3 percent in 2010 to 8.7 percent in 2011), and decreases in tobacco use (3 percent decline since 2010) and preventable hospitalization (17 percent decline since 2001).

Part of the problem, Tuckson said, is the affordability of healthy foods compared to junk foods. “It is very easy to get access to a $1 cheeseburger, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” he said. “It's much more difficult to get access to a $1 tomato.”


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Washington decision could affect local medical care
(11/22/11)


A proposal from the Congressional Supercommittee that will affect health centers is a $60 million drop in graduate medical education, partially paid for by Medicare, a federally-funded program expected to see a drop in funding.

"We're very concerned about this," said Toni Estep, CEO of Open Door Health Services, the community health clinic. "Medical residents come from these programs, and with the huge physician shortage now, along with the increase in the number of people needing doctors in 2014 when health care reform kicks in ... we need more programs, not less. Not now."


Click here to read more.



Minnefield elected to national board
(10/20/11)


Rosetta Minnefield, who leads the local board of directors of the Madison County Community Health Centers Inc., was elected to serve a two-year term, 2011-2013, as the national consumer representative of the National Association of Community Health Centers Inc.


Click here for to read more.



NHSC Corps Community Day
(10/4/11)


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is hosting the first Corps Community Day on October 13, 2011 as part of the 13th annual National Primary Care Week. As a site administrator or clinician there are many ways you can take part in this day and spread the word about the NHSC:
  • Consider the opportunity to host an NHSC site tour for local students interested in pursuing a health professional career in primary care. Advertise your tour using the customizable event flyer.
  • While working in the community, hold a health fair to provide screenings, flu vaccinations and/or educational materials. Advertise your fair using the customizable event flyer, color stickers, and black and white stickers. Alert the media with the media advisory template.
  • Post the Corps Community Day Web Badge to your organization's web site.
If you have any questions please contact CorpsCommunityDay@hrsa.gov.


Affordable Care Act to support quality improvement and access to primary care for more Americans
(9/30/11)


Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a series of initiatives that will help over 900 community health centers and community-based organizations to enhance the quality and coordination of health care services across the country. A total of $47 million, made available by the Affordable Care Act (the health care law passed in 2010), was awarded in every state and will help improve quality and access to services for millions of Americans. They will also support better primary care and behavioral health services for people with mental and substance abuse disorders.

"These programs play a crucial role in the national effort to build high quality, comprehensive health care for those who need it most," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "With these investments, health centers and other community-based organizations can expand on their efforts to ensure they are able to serve patients in their communities."

The following Indiana community health centers received $35K: Madison County Community Health Center, Vermillion-Parke Community Health Center, East Chicago Community Health Center, Inc, Heart City Health Center, Community HealthNet, Inc., Health & Hospital Corp of Marion County, Indiana Health Centers, Inc., Raphael Health Center, Shalom Health Care Center, Inc, Riggs Community Health Center, Inc., Open Door Health Services, Inc., North Shore Health Centers, Inc., Windrose Health Network, Inc., Healthlinc, Inc., and Purdue University West.

To read more, click here.


Beacons Garner $8.5 Million for Health IT
(9/23/11)


Eighty-five community health center programs, located in 15 of the 17 Beacon Communities nationwide, were awarded $8.5 million on Monday to aid with the adoption of health IT to support long-term improvements in quality of care, health outcomes and cost efficiencies.

To read more, click here.


Boone County Community Clinic’s Bambi McQuade-Jones Selected for Highly Competitive National Nurse Fellowship
(8/18/11)


Bambi McQuade-Jones, D.N.Pc., F.N.P.-C., M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N., executive director and family practice nurse practitioner at the Boone County Community Clinic in Lebanon, Ind., has been named one of just 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2011. McQuade-Jones joins a select group of nurse leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the United States health care system.

To read more, click here.


Funding Health Centers Matter of Life, Death
(8/11/11)


As Congress and taxpayers struggle with budgets and funding, one area some suggest targeting is funding for community health centers.

Before we diminish the critically vital services these centers provide, let's examine a few facts.

To read more, click here.



National Health Center Week Photos

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Partnership Brings New Community Health Center to Indianapolis' Far Eastside
(7/29/11)


Thanks to a $200,000 gift from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, HealthNet has opened a satellite community health center on the Far Eastside in partnership with the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE).

To read more, click here.


Healthy Indiana Plan to Open Enrollment to 8,000 Childless Adults
(7/13/11)


Today (July 11, 2011), the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced that 8,000 Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) enrollment slots will be opened to childless adults August 1, 2011. The program, created by Governor Mitch Daniels and designed to promote health and personal responsibility, began accepting applications in January 2008 and is currently serving over 42,000 Hoosiers. Federal regulations limit how many childless adults may be enrolled in the program. However, FSSA is now able to open these slots due to attrition.

"The Healthy Indiana Plan has been a nationally recognized success since it began," said FSSA Secretary Michael Gargano. “We are fortunate to now be able to open this program to additional childless adults that need low-cost health insurance.”

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IHC to Manage Brown County CHC - Editorial by Lynn Clothier, IHC


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Healthy Indiana Plan to Open Enrollment to 8,000 Childless Adults
(7/13/11)


Today (July 11, 2011), the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced that 8,000 Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) enrollment slots will be opened to childless adults August 1, 2011. The program, created by Governor Mitch Daniels and designed to promote health and personal responsibility, began accepting applications in January 2008 and is currently serving over 42,000 Hoosiers. Federal regulations limit how many childless adults may be enrolled in the program. However, FSSA is now able to open these slots due to attrition.

"The Healthy Indiana Plan has been a nationally recognized success since it began," said FSSA Secretary Michael Gargano. “We are fortunate to now be able to open this program to additional childless adults that need low-cost health insurance.”

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Obama Administration Rolls out Standards for Health Insurance Marketplaces
(7/13/11)


In a big step to carry out the new health care law, the Obama administration unveiled standards on Monday for insurance marketplaces that will allow individuals, families and small businesses in every state to shop for insurance, compare prices and benefits and buy coverage. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said the insurance exchanges, the centerpiece of the new law, "will offer Americans competition, choice and clout."

In theory, the exchanges will pool insurance risks and premiums so that individuals and small businesses will have "the same purchasing power as big businesses," Ms. Sebelius said.

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Study Shows Colorado Community Health Centers Reduce Medicaid Costs
(7/12/11)


Federally qualified health centers, also known as community health centers, play an essential role in providing health care to millions of Americans. In return for providing primary care to underserved, homeless, and migrant populations, these centers are reimbursed at a higher rate than other providers by public programs such as Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the role of the centers is expected to grow. To examine the quality of care that the centers provide, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing compared the use of costly hospital-related services by Medicaid clients whose usual source of care was a community health center with the use by clients whose usual source of care was a private, fee-for-service provider. The study found that community health center users were about one-third less likely than the other group to have emergency department visits, inpatient hospitalizations, or preventable hospital admissions.

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East Chicago Community Health Center Growing, Rebuilding


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Jane Pauley Center Appoints Medical Director


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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Health Law
(7/11/11)


The majority decision, issued by a three-judge panel from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, included the support of a Republican appointee to the federal bench -- the first to affirm the individual mandate's constitutionality.

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Madison County CHC one of six chosen by HRSA to rollout Does it Run in the Family? toolkit
(7/5/11)


Genetic Alliance, in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), selected six HRSA-funded health centers to integrate the Does It Run In the Family? toolkit into their clinical care and outreach practices. Selected centers will receive $40,000 each to implement and evaluate their programs, with the goal of creating and sustaining awareness and discussion of family health history among health center providers, staff, and patients.

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More Providers Enroll in Health Exchange Initiative
(6/23/11)


Seven separate community health centers and federally qualified health centers in central Indiana are now part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange's (IHIE) quality initiative, called the Quality Health First Program. Open Door Health Services, based in Muncie, is the latest participant the program.

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Video—Community Health Centers: A Guide for State Policymakers
(6/23/11)


In March 2011, the National Council of State Legislatures released a video that highlights community health centers around the nation, demonstrating the gap they fill in communities by providing access to comprehensive, quality health care, their cost-effectiveness and meeting the needs of their communities.

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day


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FSSA to Expand Hybrid to Lake and St. Joseph Regions
(6/17/11)


The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Hybrid system for public assistance to 13 counties that comprise the Lake and St. Joseph regions beginning June 20. Bringing the statewide total to 72 counties in Hybrid, the Lake region includes Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and Benton; the St. Joseph region includes St. Joseph, LaPorte, Elkhart, LaGrange, Starke, Marshall, Pulaski and Fulton.

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State Health Dept. To Cut Low-Cost Vaccines
(6/10/11)


The Indiana State Department of Health has ordered county health departments to stop giving low-cost vaccinations to people who have insurance. The ISDH said that the vaccinations should only go to needy children and that the budget for the immunizations was being strained. Dr. Virgina Caine, director of the Marion County Health Department, said she doesn't have a magic wand, but she has an alternative plan for those who are insured, or uninsured, if they act quickly. "You will be charged an administrative fee. Currently our fee is $10. If you hurry and rush in here before July 1, that's all you have to pay," Caine said.

Another option could be found at the Shalom Health Care Center, which offers a free vaccine program that receives federal money. Marc Hackett works at the center and said he planned on being busy. "We are going to have to add more to our order. We might have to go so far as to doubling our order just in anticipation of additional people needing immunizations at our primary care center or at our school clinics," Hackett said.

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ACOs Under Fire From All Sides
(6/9/11)


A federal experiment of accountable care organizations produced lackluster results, adding to withering criticism of federal rules proposed for ACOs. But local hospital systems aren't backing away from the idea.

Last week, the Washington Post reported results from a five-year Medicare experiment with accountable care organizations. The experiment offered financial bonuses to 10 leading health care organizations that demonstrated high-quality care to seniors covered by Medicare that also lowered overall costs.

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Indiana Medicaid Issues First Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment
(5/31/11)


A Fort Wayne physician was recognized today by Indiana Medicaid as the first provider in Indiana to comply with federal requirements aimed at streamlining the adoption of electronic recordkeeping. With the recognition comes an Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive payment of $21,250 to Dr. Lisa Holtsclaw of Holtsclaw Medical Centre. For more information click here.



House Republican Budget Plan: State-By-State Impact of Changes in Medicaid Financing
(5/20/11)


This analysis projects the state-by-state impact of converting Medicaid into a block grant and eliminating the planned expansion of the program by repealing the health reform law, as called for under the House Budget Plan. It finds that the plan would trigger major reductions in Medicaid program spending that could result in significant enrollment decreases compared to current projections, a shift with big implications for states, hospitals and tens of millions of low-income Americans who likely would wind up uninsured.

Projected federal spending on Medicaid for the 10-year period 2012 to 2021 would fall by $1.4 trillion, a 34 percent decline. By 2021, states would receive $243 billion less annually in federal Medicaid money than they would under current law, a 44 percent reduction.

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Planned Parenthood Clinics to Start Turning Patients Away Following Court Ruling
(5/20/11)


Planned Parenthood offices across the state are telling new Medicaid patients to find a different provider, after a federal judge denied a restraining order that would have kept state money flowing. Indiana lawmakers passed a law cutting off taxpayer funding to the agency because it performs abortions. "Planned Parenthood isn't the only place that discounts care," said Louis Winternheimer, Medical Director of Raphael Health Center.

The Raphael Health Center at 34th and Central in Indianapolis, is located just a few blocks away from the Planned Parenthood on North Meridian Street. To read more, click here.



Developing Federally Qualified Health Centers into Community Networks to Improve State Primary Care Delivery Systems
(5/20/11)


Across the nation, states are seeking to bolster the performance of Medicaid primary care providers in order to hold down costs while improving beneficiaries’ health. In particular, more than 37 states are developing or implementing strategies that seek to improve primary care delivery through the creation of medical homes. A majority of U.S. physicians work in small to medium-sized practices, which often do not have the resources to provide complex care coordination, behavioral health care, extended hours, and other services needed to function as medical homes. As a result, such practices are frequently left out of medical home reform efforts. Connecting such practices to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)—which provide comprehensive primary care services—could help improve the health of vulnerable populations and potentially reduce costs by achieving efficiencies and sharing scarce resources.

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Community Health Centers To 'Turn The Promise Of Coverage' Into Better Care—The KHN Interview
(5/09/11)


The role of community health centers, which serve about 23 million people, is expected to grow as part of the national health care overhaul. A recent report by the National Association of Community Health Centers found that the nation's 8,000 centers provide one-quarter of all primary-care visits for low-income people and saves the health care system $24 billion a year.

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Indiana Opens Medicaid Electronic Health Record Program
(5/09/11)


This week Indiana was one of the first 15 states to open their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for registration to Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals. “We are extremely pleased to receive federal approval for the launch of Indiana’s EHR Incentive Program,” said Pat Casanova, Director of Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. “This enhances our ability to assure continued improvements in healthcare quality, efficiency and safety for all Hoosiers.”

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Health Law Won't Get High-Court Review Yet
(4/29/11)


The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider an early challenge to the federal health-care law, allowing appeals courts to hear arguments first over the constitutionality of the Obama administration's signature legislative achievement.

The justices, without comment, rejected Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's bid for early Supreme Court review. The move wasn't a surprise because the court rarely agrees to hear cases directly after rulings by federal district courts.

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Collaboration and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
(4/25/11)


This paper is intended to provide non-FQHC health care providers with a better understanding of what is motivating FQHCs to expand the number of service sites and provide non-FQHC reimbursed services, such as laboratory and other diagnostic services. This paper does not provide an extensive explanation of the regulatory and operational requirements required to operate an FQHC. Information on the FQHC operational and programmatic regulatory requirements is available from Stroudwater (www.stroudwater.com) and other sources.

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National Women’s Health Week, May 8 – 14, 2011
(4/8/11)


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) May 8-14, 2011. In conjunction with NWHW, National Women’s Health Check-Up Day will be celebrated on May 9, 2011, to encourage women to use the many high-quality preventive care services available to them at the Nation’s health centers. NWHW offers yet another opportunity to increase direct health care services to those most in need. Free promotional and educational materials are available at www.womenshealth.gov/whw. National Women’s Health Week was extremely successful in 2010, resulting in more than 2,200 events and health screenings nationwide. Please join us again this year to help thousands of women take steps toward leading healthier lives.



Community Health Centers Offer Model for Improving Care Even as They Grow
(4/11/11)


Community health centers serve 20 million people every year, and that number is expected to double by 2015, thanks to an $11 billion infusion from the health-care overhaul and $2 billion in federal stimulus funds. If you’re a middle-income worker with health insurance through your job, chances are these centers have been under your radar, since their target clients are low-income and uninsured people. But as the number of uninsured has risen to 50 million, more people than ever are struggling to get and pay for health care, and community health centers are an affordable option. As they expand, they’re adding new services and new locations nationwide.

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Health Center Stories: Shalom Health Care Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
(4/8/11)


Marc Hackett, Executive Director for Shalom Health Care Center, Inc, in Indianapolis, Indiana, shares how his health center has utilized stimulus funds to both double the health center's physical size, as well as double the number of patients served.

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Medicaid Lifeline for Children and Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses
(4/4/11)


Medicaid is the single most important funding source of critical services for both adults and children who have the most serious mental health conditions. Various sources pay for mental health spending in the United States and Medicaid accounts for more than a quarter of it.

1) It is the bedrock of public mental health services, comprising 52% of state mental health authority revenues.

2) Community mental health services for children and adults with serious mental disorders are funded primarily through the Medicaid program. Moreover, Medicaid is the only health plan that finances a full range of the home and community-based rehabilitative services that people with mental illnesses need. In addition, because many people with mental illnesses have other significant medical needs, Medicaid is also critical to health coverage of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, cancer and other illnesses.

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Senate Rejects Spending Bills From Both Republicans and Democrats
(3/10/11)


The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Republican plan to sharply cut spending this year, as well as a far more modest Democratic proposal, clearing a path for negotiations toward a compromise that could streamline government without damaging critical services. Senate Democratic leaders are pressing to expand the talks beyond the small slice of the budget that funds government agencies, arguing that any serious effort to reduce record deficits must also include cuts in entitlement programs and higher taxes. Senior White House officials joined GOP leaders in questioning the practicality of that approach, however, saying policymakers must break the impasse over funding for domestic agencies through Sept. 30 before tackling broader - and more politically sensitive - budget issues. Without a spending agreement, the government could shut down as soon as next week, when a temporary bill financing federal operations expires.

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Purdue Regional Extension Center – National Insight, Local Expertise
(3/8/11)


With the passing of the HITECH Act in 2009, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), in conjunction with CMS, developed meaningful use standards to trigger the technology-driven healthcare transformation that is now sweeping the nation. These meaningful use standards require healthcare providers to not only use the full functionality of a certified EHR, but step outside of their comfort zone and begin advancing healthcare by allowing data to flow smoothly among providers, empower patients to be fully informed of their health status, and addressing health disparities in our nation.

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Health Center Staff Speak Out Against Proposed Funding Cuts
(3/4/11)


Julie Wank, Intake Coordinator at HealthLinc Community Health Center in Knox, Indiana, speaks out against a $1.3 billion cut to the Health Centers Program, which would reduce patient access to care.

Jan Danford, Patient Service Representative at HealthLinc Community Health Center in Knox, Indiana, speaks out against a $1.3 billion cut to the Health Centers Program, which would reduce patient access to care.

Angie Garner, Site Manager and Emergency Management Coordinator at HealthLinc Community Health Center in Knox, Indiana, speaks out against a $1.3 billion cut to the Health Centers Program, which would reduce patient access to care.



Congress Puts Local Health Programs at Risk
(3/1/11)


As the CEO of Open Door Health Services, which employs about 135 staff and cared for almost 18,000 patients in 2010, I am alarmed that on Feb. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $1.3 billion from the federal community health-center program -- especially at a time when Congress should be seeking ways to contain unnecessary health-care spending as well as protecting jobs. From Congress we continually hear the words "it's all about jobs and the economy." While providing much needed health-care access, all 19 of Indiana's federally-qualified health centers are also providing much needed economic and employment impact for the underserved communities in which we are located.

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Proposed Budget Cuts Would Hurt Open Door
(3/1/11)


Local health care advocates fear the budget cuts in Washington D.C. will hurt uninsured and underinsured residents here in East Central Indiana. "This stinks, if you ask me," said Derek Edwards, an Open Door client for at least 20 years. "A lot of people think only the poorest of the poor use Open Door, but that's not even true. I'm self-employed, have been so for a long time now, but can't afford health insurance. There's nowhere for people like to me to go if there's no Open Door. Well, except to the emergency room."

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Daniels Lashes Health Care Law In WSJ Column

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Vermillion Parke CHC receives Business of the Year Award

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Advocates for Children, Mothers Fear Proposed Budget Cuts Could Place Valuable Services on the Chopping Block
(2/21/11)


Advocates for children worry about proposed cuts to the federal budget that reduce services to mothers and children.

According to Dr. Janice Katz, a local psychologist and founder of Imagination Station Child Development Center, the proposal includes a $210 million cut, or one-third of the total budget, for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant.

“We know we have to balance the budget,” Katz said, “but to cut all these services to children means we are balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Beth Wrobel agrees. The executive director of HealthLinc, the federally qualified health centers in Michigan City and Valparaiso, Wrobel worries about proposed cuts of $1.3 billion to federally qualified health centers.

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Medicaid Expansion Could Tax Community Health Centers
(2/16/11)


With the new health reform law expanding insurance benefits to millions more people, Phil Morphew wonders how Indiana will find all the doctors, nurses and health clinics needed to care for them. “We’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Morphew, who for 20 years was CEO of Indianapolis-based Health Care Excel Inc., which helps health care providers assess and improve the quality of their services. What worries Morphew most is that health reform’s expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program is projected to add more than 500,000 Hoosiers to that program. Because of poor reimbursement rates from Indiana Medicaid, many private doctors do not accept Medicaid patients.

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GOP Cuts to Budget Would Hurt Local Health Clinics
(2/16/11)


Local community health centers are bracing for $1.3 billion in national funding cuts if the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives’ budget passes.

A vote is expected within days on proposed reductions that would cost the nation’s community health centers the ability to treat 11 million patients — 3.3 million of them new patients who just gained access to care. An estimated 127 community health centers also would likely close, according to the Bethesda, Md.-based National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which advocates

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NACHC Statement in Response to the Budget from the House Appropriations Committee
(2/10/11)


Today the House Appropriations Committee announced a partial list of 70 spending cuts that will be included in an upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) bill. Among their recommendations was a $1.3 billion cut to the Community Health Centers Program. Tom Van Coverden, the President and CEO of NACHC, has issued the following statement in response:

Today’s decision by House appropriators to cut $1.3 billion in funding to Community Health Centers levels a devastating blow to Americans who are already struggling in the economic recession. If this cut were to be approved, it would will mean that America’s Health Centers will lose the capacity to serve 11 million patients over the next year, with well over 3.3 million current patients losing their care within the next few months. That is equivalent to terminating all health care to the entire population of Chicago, or to everyone living in the states of Wyoming, Vermont, North and South Dakota, and Alaska combined.

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NHSC Service Credit for Time Spent Teaching Update
(2/10/11)


For many full-time Corps members the policy and direction regarding teaching credit has not changed. Full-time NHSC participants can spend up to eight hours per week teaching in the clinical setting at an NHSC-approved site and those eight hours are still considered part of your direct patient care hours.

However, NHSC is pleased to announce an additional option for Corps members serving at HRSA-approved Teaching Health Centers (THCs). Full-time NHSC members teaching in these facilities will be allowed to count up to 20 hours per week spent teaching towards their service obligation.

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Urgent J-1 Visa Waiver Update
(1/28/11)


The Indiana State Department of Health has made several updates to the Indiana J-1 Visa Waiver Program Guidelines, effective immediately. Please visit our Indiana J-1 Visa Waiver Program page for more details.

State ‘Missing Out’ on Health Funding
(2/7/11)


Every dollar invested in a community health center yields returns beyond that investment, said an official of the association representing such centers in Indiana.

“Not only do we provide care to people without access to health services, but we improve the economy,” said Phil Morphew, chief executive officer of the Indiana Primary Care Association, the educational and lobbying group for 19 federally qualified community health centers and 28 state-funded health centers.

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FSSA Expands Hybrid to Allen and Grant Regions
(2/4/11)


Today the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced they will expand the Hybrid system for public assistance to 22 counties that comprise the Allen and Grant regions. Roll-out of the Hybrid system began in the Vanderburgh region January 26, 2010 before expanding to the Vigo region June 22, 2010 and then Clark on September 19, 2010. Despite rising case loads of Hoosiers requiring state assistance, Indiana has been able to show improvement in quality and service:
  • Number of Hoosiers enrolled in at least one program has increased from 899,701 in December 2005 to 1,279,483 served as of December 31, 2010.
  • Positive error rates for SNAP (food stamps) applications improved from 8.21% in July 2009 to 2.76% in July 2010; versus the national average of 3.70% (FNS)
  • Negative error rates for SNAP applications improved from 15.10% in July 2009 to 2.48% in July 2010; versus the national average of 7.55% (FNS)
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Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. Plan Earns Approval, Extra Funding
(2/2/11)


On Friday, January 21, Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT) received official notification of acceptance, as well as $3 million in additional funding, from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Indiana's Health Information Exchange (HIE) Strategic/Operational Plan.

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Pence Shuts 1 Door, Leaves Another Open
(1/28/11)


U.S. Rep. Mike Pence shut the door Thursday on seeking the presidency in 2012 but left unanswered whether his choice instead is the Indiana governor's office. "I'm open to running for governor," Pence said in an exclusive interview with The Indianapolis Star. "We're going to take the next several months to travel across the state and hear what Hoosiers have to say. We'll seriously consider it."

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Influential State Rep. Bill Crawford Says This Term, His 20th, Will Be His Last
(1/28/11)


Crawford, 75, announced Thursday that after spending more than half his life as a member of the Indiana General Assembly, he'll make this his final term. He'll leave the Indiana House for the last time in 2012. "Twenty elections where the people had an opportunity to say 'bye' to me and they didn't, and I'm very appreciative," he told House members on the floor.

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NHSC Now Accepting Requests for Full-to-Half-Time Conversions
(1/26/11)


On November 22, 2010, in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment application cycle, the Corps announced a new half-time option for loan repayment awardees fulfilling service obligations. As of January 25, 2011 the NHSC will begin accepting requests for Full-to-Half-Time Conversions.

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Governor Orders Creation of Health Insurance Exchange
(1/19/11)


Gov. Mitch Daniels does not like the federal health reform law enacted last year, but he's nevertheless taking steps to prepare Indiana for its implementation. On Friday, the Republican governor signed an executive order directing the Family and Social Services Administration to work with other state agencies to conditionally establish and operate a health insurance exchange.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, each state is required by 2014 to set up a health insurance marketplace, called an exchange, that is intended to save money and help consumers by making health coverage options more transparent.

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Gov. Mitch Daniels Gets Pushback on Budget
(1/14/11)


The good news in the budget Gov. Mitch Daniels proposed Thursday: no tax increases.

The bad news? Public universities' funding would be cut. Poor adults would have to buy their own dentures and hearing aids. And K-12 education would have to make do with no more dollars than it gets now.

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Daniels' Budget Cuts Target Higher Ed, Medicaid
(1/13/11)


Gov. Mitch Daniels today presented his budget proposal to the legislature, calling for cuts to higher education and some Medicaid programs and freezing virtually all other spending.

The budget proposal, presented by State Budget Director Adam Horst to the State Budget Committee, calls for spending about $13.76 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends on June 30 2012, and about $13.98 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012, and ends on June 30, 2013.

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Elizabeth Burrows, Vermillion Parke CHC, named as a Rural Health Fellows
(1/11/11)


The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has announced the final selections for the 2011 Rural Health Fellows program. After the completion of a competitive review process, 12 fellows were selected to participate in this year-long, intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

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CHCs' Role in Health Care Reform Undermined by State Funding Decreases


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Indiana's Budget Panel Projects Better Days


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State's Health Care Reform Cost Estimate Off By $500M


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