Just like with any new administration, changes can be both exciting and daunting, all at the same time. With the introduction of the House’s new health care bill, nothing can be further from the truth. Despite all of the uncertainty, Compass, like any good Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), is adamant about ensuring our patient’s continue to receive quality and affordable healthcare from providers and staff that they know and trust.
In order to continue this mission, Compass has decided it is imperative to take on the role of advocate for our patient base. As such, we will be partnering with the National Association of Community Healthcare Centers (NACHC) as part of their Health Center Advocacy Network.
To advocate is to put the patient first. Like other FQHCs around the nation, Compass has made it its mission to serve every member of the community, including those who are under-insured and uninsured, many of whom have been positively affected by the ACA, particularly through Medicaid expansion, the latter of which has seen bipartisan support from Governor John Kasich to Senator Sherrod Brown to Senator Rob Portman. Advocating for stable, affordable health insurance programs ensures our patients receive the care they need, when they need it.
Another initiative that requires diligent advocacy is getting Congress to respond to the FQHC funding cliff set to expire on September 30th. If Congress does not act, all FQHC’s, including Compass, could stand to lose upwards of 70% of their funding meaning lost jobs and, with loss of jobs, means less access to quality, affordable care for our community. The good news is that FQHC’s have historically seen unwavering bipartisan support; we just have to make sure Congress acts on time.
While Compass plans on taking advocacy head on, advocacy only works, in the long run, with all hands on deck. That’s why we’re asking you to take a stand for your community. Don’t have a lot of time to devote to advocacy? That’s perfectly alright. Most advocacy takes the form in responding to ‘Calls to Action’ which see you emailing, calling, tweeting, or posting Facebook statuses in support of policy or government officials that take a stand for patient interests. On average, this takes LESS THAN 2 MINUTES!
If you are interested in seeing continued access to quality affordable health care in your community, please sign up by filling out an application, in-person at Compass Community Health Care Center (1634 11th Street) or by signing up online and identifying Compass as your health center affiliate.