CPCA Protect 340B Letter
340B Letter of Opposition Template – Submit by May 17th at Noon – template
Please send all letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Brown’s Revised 2017-18 Budget
Last Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released revised 2018-19 State Budget today in Sacramento. The release of the May Revise follows five months of negotiations and will culminate in a final budget deal in late June. Click here for CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates’ full analysis with the impact to health centers and here for talking points and budget priorities on the May Revise.
Among the Governor’s priorities in the May Revise is a one-time General Fund spending commitment to homelessness and mental health services. While we are happy to see this commitment, the Governor’s May Revise — like his January proposal — also calls for the elimination of the 340B Drug Discount Program, which will be devastating for community health centers.
Read CCALAC’s statement on the May Revise here.
Take Action Now! Protect the 340B Program
Fill out a template letter on behalf of your community health center or as a health center advocate! Please complete the letter and send back to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, May 17 at Noon. Click here for the template letter (also attached).
Help us spread the word on social media about the importance of the 340B program, our concerns with the Administration’s proposed changes, and the potential impact if it’s approved. Click here to Tweet now.
Please contact the Government Affairs team with any questions.
The Health Centers Funding Cliff is Fixed!
Congress passed a bipartisan spending package on February 9 that funded the government through March 23 and also included an additional two years of funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Under the agreement, health center funding will increase by $600 million over the two year period, from $3.6 billion per year to $3.8 billion in FY18 and $4.0 billion in FY19.
Crisis Averted, Threat Level Remains High!
While the funding cliff crisis has been averted (until 2019), the threat level for our communities remains high. We are bracing for the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) Program as well as proposed rules expected to be released this year that would make it harder for legal immigrants to get permanent residency if they, or their American-born children, use safety net services, including health programs!