Blog: Terminating the DACA Program Would Harm Health and the States

Stymied by years of Congressional gridlock concerning immigration reform, in 2014 President Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to provide temporary legal status to children and young adults who came to the U.S.

Support for Community Health Center Funding

The U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act early last Friday morning to extend funding for community health centers for two more years, ending months of uncertainty for the nation’s nearly 10,000 clinic sites, which served 26 million people in 2016.  The bill also provides funding for the National Health Service Corps and for Teaching Health Centers and extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next decade.

A Case for Continuing to Fund Title X

“Title X family planning clinics play a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services website.  HHS administers the program, which was created in the 1970s with bi-partisan supported and signed into law by President Richard Nixon.

Investigating How States’ Vaccination Exemption Laws Affect Vaccination Rates

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Childhood vaccines play a major role in minimizing the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease. While all states accommodate medical vaccine exemptions, certain states also allow for waivers on the basis of religious or philosophical objections. Certain vaccines have been particularly controversial, with public perceptions linking them to autism and developmental disorders, despite consensus to the contrary in the scientific and medical communities.  This has led some states to add exemptions in recent years, while other states opted to eliminate the exemptions.       

Predicting Impact of Medicaid Program Changes on Health Centers and Investigating Disparities in Cancer Screening

Community health centers have been providing crucial health care services to low-income Americans for more than 50 years.  Health centers now have more than 10,000 sites in rural and underserved communities in U.S. states and territories.  However, proposed changes to the federal Medicaid program may impact the centers’ ability to continue to serve close to 26 million people who turn to them for health care.