Community Health Alliance

Anh Gray

 

The National Health Service Corps is a more than 40-year-old federal program that helps medical professionals defray the cost of education. It also recruits providers to underserved areas. But, Congress hasn’t renewed the program and funding runs out in March. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores how that program impacts Nevada.

After a brief government shutdown, Congress was able to pass a short-term funding bill yesterday. This included a six-year extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

But, funding remains in limbo for community health centers, which serve many CHIP families. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray checks-in with the head of one Reno-based center to learn more.

Community Health Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Center, or FQHC, and operates six centers in the Reno-Sparks area. Chuck Duarte serves as the CEO of the center.

Community Health Alliance

Back in September, Congress let the funding for  the nation's Federally Qualifed Health Centers, or FQHCs, lapse. These centers serve as a health safety net for low-income families. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with the head of a Reno-based agency to learn what contingencies are planned if funding isn’t renewed.

Chuck Duarte heads up Community Health Alliance. The agency has six facilities spread across the Reno-Sparks area. Without federal funding, Duarte says fewer people will have access to care.

The Record Street Health Center provides primary care to homeless people in Reno. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports that recently, services were expanded to include dental care.

Community Health Alliance provides access to care for underserved communities in Northern Nevada. They operate a facility at the Volunteers of America homeless shelters in downtown Reno and served more than 1,000 patients last year. They’ve been around for about 15 years, but now patients can get basic dental care too.

The nation is embroiled in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. The

 

Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP health bill could put 24 million Americans at risk of losing insurance. That has many local patients and doctors worried. Because of the ACA, more people were able to get health insurance and even access to life-saving treatments. One Reno woman shares her story with our reporter Anh Gray.

Throughout the nation, community health centers are providing care to low-income people. And with the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act being debated, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray tours one local facility to learn how it’s been serving as a health care safety net for many in Northern Nevada.

House Republicans have recently rolled out their much anticipated proposal to change the Affordable Care Act. At this point, it’s unclear if it’ll pass.  

To understand the potential impact of the proposal on Nevadans, Reno Public Radio’s Anh has been talking with people in the community to see how Obamacare has already been affecting health care providers and local businesses. News Director Michelle Billman sits down with Gray to learn what people have been saying.