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Help from the Obama Administration for Community Health Centers

New York Times Editorial, August 19, 2015
The Obama administration last week announced a big increase in support for community health centers in the latest expansion of a program that has a long bipartisan history and robust bipartisan support today. Read more »

During National Health Center Week, HHS announces an additional $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 community health centers

HHS Newsroom, August 11, 2015
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients. These awards build on the $101 million awarded to 164 new health center sites in May 2015. Read more »

Community health centers serve large percentage of Cape Codders, August 11, 2015
HYANNIS – The five community health centers on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard serve a combined total of 50,000 patients, according to Heidi Nelson, CEO of Duffy Health Center in Hyannis. That is almost one quarter of the population of Cape Cod. Read more »

Presidential Proclamation -- National Health Center Week, 2015

The White House Office of the Press Secretary, August 7, 2015
For a half century, health centers have delivered comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. This week, let us recognize the role of health centers and thank the tireless and dedicated center staff who work long hours to provide fundamental services to those who need them most. Read more »

LCHC to mark National Health Center Week, August 10, 2015
Lynn - Lynn Community Health Center will join 49 other health centers in Massachusetts and more than 1,200 health centers nationwide in celebrating National Health Center Week, which begins today. Read more »

Community health centers play critical role

Cape Cod Times Editorial, August 10, 2015
The following commentary was written by Karen Gardner, Cynthia Mitchell, Heidi Romans Nelson, Sally Deane and Nancy Bucken. Even as more Americans have health insurance coverage these days, a serious health care problem persists nationwide: a shortage of places to go to get the primary and preventive care services that everyone needs. A key part of the solution lies in our nation’s community health centers, which have provided quality affordable care for the past five decades and are increasingly becoming the go-to patient-centered medical home for growing numbers of working Americans. Read more »

Health Centers: Evolving to meet community needs

WCAI, August 5, 2015
Community health centers have been in service for 50 years in the United States. On The Point, we look at the history of the centers, the populations they serve in our communities, and how the centers are evolving to provide more comprehensive care to patients. Read more »

Disparate states, a common horror

Boston Globe, August 10, 2015
PINEVILLE, Ky. — Jay Steele has seen plenty of death in this jagged slice of Appalachia. Not only is he the county coroner, he also owns a funeral home. But even Steele can be shocked by the fallout of the opioid epidemic that has ravaged this poverty-riddled pocket of shuttered coal mines. Read more »

Proposal would cap cost of prescription drugs in state

Boston Globe, August 10, 2015
Drug companies are facing a new campaign to contain treatment costs, this time from proposed rules in Massachusetts that would include a first-in-the nation cap on some prices. An alliance of lawmakers, consumers, and health insurers is pushing for a law that would force biotech and pharmaceutical companies to justify their prices by disclosing how much they spend on research, production, and marketing. It also would allow the state Health Policy Commission to limit prices of especially costly drugs, something done nowhere in the country. Read more »

Close loopholes on existing gun background checks

Boston Globe Editorial, August 7, 2015
Advocates have been frustrated for years at the inability of federal lawmakers to pass comprehensive new gun control legislation, but two recent examples of gun violence point to the failure of a system that’s already in place. Both John R. Houser, who shot and killed two people and injured nine others in a Lafayette, La., movie theater July 23, and Dylann Roof, who has been charged with killing nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church on June 17, were able to purchase weapons because they passed a standard background check that both should have failed. Houser had a history of mental illness; Roof had admitted to illegal drug possession. In both cases, the gunmen slipped through the leaky and inefficient National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Read more »

Women addicts need treatment, not prison

Boston Globe Editorial, August 6, 2015
One of the most promising themes in Governor Baker’s plan to stem the surge of opiod overdoses is his vow to stop treating addicts like criminals. As Baker noted when he released details of the plan in June, addiction is a disease, and arrest and incarceration are no way to treat substance abuse. Read more »

Despite efforts, Mass. opioid deaths on pace to match 2014

Boston Globe, August 5, 2015
The opioid crisis claimed more lives in Massachusetts last year than initially estimated and shows no sign of abating this year, despite additional treatment programs and safeguards to prevent the abuse of prescription painkillers. Read more »

City Council to consider synthetic marijuana ban

Boston Globe, August 5, 2015
At 5 a.m. when Pamela Vasquez would arrive at the Citgo gas station in Fields Corner where she works, it was no surprise to see a line of people there, anxiously waiting. But they weren't looking to fuel up their cars or buy snacks or scratch-offs from the Quick Mart. Read more »

Ban on chewing tobacco sought for Fenway, city parks

Boston Globe, August 5, 2015
Fenway Park is steeped in tradition, but one controversial piece may soon be history — the wads of smokeless tobacco stuffed into players’ bulging cheeks or tucked under their lips. Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday is expected to announce plans to prohibit use of the smokeless products at the city’s baseball parks and other professional and amateur sports venues. Read more »

Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers collaborate to support young workforce

Bay State Banner, August 5, 2015
Remember the first day of your first new job? The first day can be exciting, exhilarating, nerve-wracking and sometimes even boring. But a first job can also have a serious impact on the rest of one’s career. The experience can teach valuable lessons and set one on track for ongoing professional success. Partners HealthCare is committed to working with other organizations to develop the future workforce, which is why Partners works with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (Mass League) on the Community HealthCorps Program. Read more »

Massachusetts seeks national help to reform criminal justice system, August 3, 2015
BOSTON - Massachusetts has applied to a national program that will help the state analyze its criminal justice system and recommend changes to lower recidivism rates and reduce its prison population. Read more »