House Approves Compromise Reauthorization Bill for Community Health Centers
The House yesterday voted 392-5 to approve a compromise bill (S 1533) that would reauthorize the federal community health center program for another five years, CongressDaily/AM reports (CongressDaily/AM, 10/17). The measure merges a House bill (HR 3450) passed earlier this month with a measure approved by the Senate in April. The compromise bill would increase funding for community health centers to $1.3 billion, up from $802 million. The bill also would reauthorize the National Health Service Corps, allocating $146 million in scholarships and loan repayment incentives for health care workers who opt to provide medical care in underserved areas. The bill also would establish a $40 million grant program designed to improve the quality of care provided by rural and other small health care providers. In addition, the measure would allocate $50 million over five years to communities and health care provider groups to "develop or strengthen integrated health care delivery systems" (CQ Daily Monitor Midday Update, 10/16). A Senate vote on the measure was expected late last night or today (CongressDaily/AM, 10/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.