Federal Policy

Because community health centers exist through a federal grant program, federal policy has a substantial influence on health center funding, operations, administration, and ultimately, the people health centers serve. In particular, the federal government supports community health centers through a variety of funding streams. Reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and federal grant funds keep the doors of our community health centers open to serve everyone, regardless of one's ability to pay.

TACHC monitors federal policy – legislation, regulations, policy guidance, grant funding announcements – to ensure Texas health centers are in compliance with federal law and are aware of all potential funding opportunities or changes. TACHC conducts ongoing policy analysis to examine the impact of federal legislation on member health centers, primary health care, and other health care related issues. We are also active partners in advocating for federal policy that benefits health centers and the communities they serve. To learn more about health center policy priorities at the federal level, visit the National Association of Community Health Centers.

TACHC plays a vital role in the development and analysis of state laws and policies that are required to implement federal laws, such as federal health care reform. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only requires a great deal of work on the federal level, it requires states to draft and pass new laws, issue new rules, and create new governmental bodies in order to ensure compliance with federal law.

The ACA signaled significant federal support for the community health center program with the enactment of an $11 billion trust fund to be used over the next five years to expand the health center program. Visit NACHC's Health Reform Hub to learn the latest about health centers and the Affordable Care Act.

Please visit our federal resources page here for more information, including links to those federal agencies that are instrumental to the administration of the national health center program.