Health Care Issues
The NAFC is dedicated to educating the public, the press, Congress, Federal and state agencies, pharmaceutical companies and other corporations about Free and Charitable Clinics and the important service they provide to America’s un- and under-insured.
The NAFC monitors proposed rules and regulations, legislation and other important issues to keep a finger on the pulse of the issues that may be important to Free and Charitable Clinics and their patients.
Please find some issues that are of interest to Free and Charitable Clinics:
- NAFC Legislative Priorities
The National Association of Free Clinics believes that when discussing health care access and reform it is necessary for Congress to take into account the following overarching points. Without addressing these points in their entirety, it is the position of the NAFC that more work will need to be done on any health care reform efforts.
- Access to Affordable Health Care should be a right and not a privilege.
- In the interest of public health, all individuals should have access to affordable quality health care.
- Affordability, accessibility and portability of health care are issues that remain critical to the uninsured in this country.
- Free and Charitable Clinic Health Care Reform Talking Points - This document points out how are clinics and patients fit in with and are affected by the ACA.
- Comparison of Free Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers
This detailed chart shows the comparison of Free and Charitable Clinics and federally funded clinics, information that is often confused and unknown. READ MORE
- NAFC Comments to the CMS on the Medicaid Program; Eligibility Changes in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, Interim Final Rules - Submitted May 7, 2012 - CLICK HERE
- NAFC Comments to the CMS on the Proposed Rule, Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-- Stage 2 (CMS-0044-P) - Submitted May 7, 2012 - CLICK HERE
Charitable Deduction - SENATE
The Senate Finance Committee is looking to reform the Nation’s Tax Code. Chairman Max Baucus(D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have informed each Senator of their intention to pursue tax reform beginning with a "blank slate" and asking them to justify adding back in any deductions, credits, and preferences based on three criteria: that they (1) help grow the economy, (2) make the tax code fairer, or (3) effectively promote other important policy objectives, as well as to submit any other ideas they may have regarding a tax code overhaul.
One deduction that is on the table for consideration to be cut or limited is the Charitable Deduction. Eliminating the deduction may have a dramatic impact on your clinic's budget, as some people may decide to not donate or donate less without this deduction.
It is critical that you take a moment and write a letter to your Senate members explaining that losing this deduction would negatively impact the work at your clinic and the work of non-profits around the country. The NAFC has drafted a letter on this topic for you to place on your letterhead, sign and send to your elected officials. Please note in addition to discussing the impact of limiting/eliminating the charitable deduction will have on your clinic, it also includes language that reflects how this limitation will hurt non-profits as a whole. Staff feels very strongly that it is critical to identify ourselves as strong members of the non-profit sector by joining our voices with others in this arena.
This issue is of CRITICAL IMPORTANCE to the non-profit community as a whole and as a large part of the safety net community, the NAFC is asking that you act RIGHT AWAY.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
WRITE AN EMAIL or FAX A LETTER
The fastest way to get information to your Senators is to either send an email or fax a letter to them. The NAFC has drafted a sample email/letter on this for you to place on your letterhead, sign and send to your Member.
To download a copy of the letter, please CLICK HERE
To find a web form to email, along with fax number and mailing address for your Senator please visit: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
**If you would like to email or use the web form and there is not the ability to add the letter on your letterhead, please copy and paste the body of the letter into a comment box with your contact information.
INFORM THE NAFC
When you have sent your message please update the NAFC offices via email at email@example.com.
Charitable Deduction - HOUSE
In December 2012, when members of Congress and the President were discussing ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," one idea that was on the table was to limit or do away with the Charitable Deduction tax credit that people receive when donating to a non-profit. Eliminating the deduction would have a dramatic impact on the budgets of Free and Charitable Clinics, as some people may decide to not donate or donate less without this deduction.
The NAFC urged our members to write a letter to their House and Senate members as well as to the White House explaining that losing the deduction would negatively impact the work at their clinic and the work of non-profits around the country. The NAFC drafted a letter on this topic for clinics to place on their letterhead, sign and send to elected officials. In addition to discussing the impact that limiting/eliminating the charitable deduction would have on clinics, the letter also included language that reflects how the limitation would hurt non-profits as a whole. Staff feels very strongly that it is critical to identify ourselves as strong members of the non profit sector by joining our voices with others in this arena.
To download a copy of the letter drafted by the NAFC, please CLICK HERE.
The NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux Busby was invited to testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means for a hearing on tax reform and charitable contributions on February 14, 2013.
If you would like to watch the testimony, it can be found by visiting: http://youtu.be/ROnf6hdghIc
Health Care Reform
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The full text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. READ MORE
- Timeline of the Affordable Care Act
Understanding the Affordable Care Act: What is changing and when. READ MORE
- Summary of Health Care Reform Law
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. The following summery of the new law, and changes made to the law by subsequent legislation, focuses on provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care delivery system. READ MORE