Government Shutdown: No Direct Impact on Health Center Funding or Operations
With a prolonged government shut down many health centers are rightfully concerned about the accessibility of their federal funding that is critical for patient access to care.
Fortunately for health centers, they don’t need to dip into reserves just yet. NACHC provides us a timely reminder that HRSA and CMS funding for 2019 is safe through September 30, 2019.
NACHC – 1/7/19
Despite this weekend’s meeting between President Trump and Congressional leaders, the government shutdown continues, having lasted for 18 days now. While Congressional leaders and President Trump continue negotiating the details of a final package to end the partial government shutdown, the Democratic-led House is expected to bring forth 4 individual FY19 spending bills to reopen the government this week. Unfortunately, no additional meetings have been scheduled between Congressional leaders and the White House, and President Trump remains firm that he will not end the shutdown without $5 billion to build a wall along the southern border.
The partial shutdown has no direct impact on health center funding or operations. This is because HHS (which includes both HRSA and CMS — the agencies that administer the Section 330, Medicaid, Medicare, and other programs that help support health centers) has already received funding for the full 2019 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2019. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is funded through the Department of the Interior, and therefore is subject to the current partial government shutdown. Health centers located near Native American health providers may experience increased demand for services from patients who normally rely on those providers. NACHC has reached out to the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to explore how health centers can best support their patients during this time.