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September 29, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Community health centers anxiously wait for a decision on funding

HEALTH CARE
– Funding for community health centers, which serve underinsured and uninsured populations and may be the only source of primary care for many low-income communities, is in danger of not being renewed for next year. The deadline for Congress to vote on reauthorizing the funds for the 2018 budget is September 30. (PBS News Hour, 9/27)

Health centers provide preventive care, counseling, dentistry and primary care to everyone, whether or not they can pay. A sliding fee scale based on income and family size is available to patients without insurance.

In 2015, nearly 1 in 6 Medicaid beneficiaries received health center services.
“The end result is these are people who will be locked out of health care” without new funding, [senior vice president of the National Association of Community Health Centers Dan] Hawkins said.

– Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals (KHN, 9/26)

CHARITABLE DEDUCTION | David Biemesderfer, president and CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, released a statement on the Republican tax reform proposal. (United Philanthropy Forum, 9/28)

PUBLIC SAFETY
– Fairfax County officials respond after the county’s NAACP graded them in its “2016-2017 Criminal Justice County Report Card” (Inside NOVA, 9/29)

– Court Rejects D.C.’s Request To Save Concealed-Carry Law, Setting Up Possible Appeal To Supreme Court (WAMU, 9/28)

EQUITY | Two new studies on economic inequality make the case for metro regions and cities to focus on inclusive growth. (Citylab, 9/28)


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