Open Enrollment Period - Nov. 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017
The number of veterans seeking care at Community Health Centers is growing dramatically. According to new data, the number of health center patients who are veterans grew by 43 percent in less than a decade to 305,000 from 214,000. Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University looked at data from 2008 to 2015. They say that nearly 9 in 10 health centers serve veterans, who are able to access a wide range of services in addition to primary care. For instance, 78 percent of health centers offer dental care, 83 percent provide mental health services, 21 percent offer substance abuse treatment.
Half of all health centers are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as Veterans Choice providers under the special program established by Congress in legislation to improve access to community-based health care. The law was aimed at veterans who faced long wait times or traveled long distances for services at VA facilities. Read More
Health Centers Prepare for the 2016 UDS Report
Community Health Centers submit the Uniform Data System Report Annually
Oct. 28 -- West Lebanon, New Hampshire - An educational program on Preparing the 2016 UDS Report hosted by Bi-State provided essential information and resources to 85 participants from health centers in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The full day training addressed each of the report’s tables and included a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. Health center staff responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements, management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and those who use the data in their program management and quality improvement activities were in attendance. The training was conducted in collaboration with the Community Health Institute/JSI/NH.
Congressional, Gubernatorial Candidates Attend Forum at Bi-State
Bi-State Welcomes Candidates
New Hampshire candidates in the 2016 congressional and gubernatorial races were invited to Bi-State's Candidates Forum on Oct. 3 to meet with senior leaders from Community Health Centers and nonprofit organizations that support access to health care. Community Health Centers provide primary medical, oral and behavioral health care to 110,000 residents statewide.
Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that represents New Hampshire and Vermont’s 28 Community Health Centers serving 300,000 patients at 120 locations. Bi-State works to promote access to quality, affordable primary health care with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations. Bi-State Primary Care Association was founded as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in 1986 with offices in Bow, New Hampshire and Montpelier, Vermont.