Christopher Towne, Director of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Operations at Northern Counties Health Care recently attended the National Association of Community Health Centers annual Policy & Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.
Topics discussed included access to low-cost prescription medication, healthcare workforce needs, Medicaid funding, and increasing access to primary care services.
Of additional interest, Senator Bernie Sanders, with U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) is sponsoring a bill for The Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act of 2019. The Act would reinvest support for the nation’s Community Health Centers and primary care workforce in order to expand access to health care for Americans living with barriers to health care including income, geography, and insurance status.
Northern Counties Health Care encompasses five FQHC community health centers, three dental centers, and a certified home health care & hospice division providing a full spectrum of quality, affordable, and compassionate health care services to patients of all ages, throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Pictured are (bottom l-r): Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy; Tess Kuenning, President and CEO Bi-State Primary Care Association; (back l-r) Scot McCray, President & CEO, Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV); Dave Simmons, CFO, Community Health Centers of Burlington; and Christopher Towne, Director of FQHC Operations at NCHC.