Legislation and policymaking at the federal level significantly impact federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), especially in the areas of funding and program development. That’s why CHAD’s policy team works closely with its member health centers and health care partners across the Dakotas to develop policy priorities and convey those priorities to congressional leaders and their staff. CHAD connects on a regular basis with congressional members and their offices to keep them apprised of issues impacting FQHCs and their patients and to encourage them to take action on key health care legislation and policies.
Federal Policy Priorities
The Dakotas’ community health centers and South Dakota Urban Indian Health provided primary care, behavioral health services, and dental care to over 136,000 Dakotans in 2021. They demonstrated that communities could improve health, reduce health inequities, generate taxpayer savings, and effectively address a multitude of costly and significant public health problems, including epidemics of flu and coronavirus, HIV/AIDS, substance use disorders, maternal mortality, veterans’ access to care, and natural disasters.
To continue their important work and mission, health centers need increased pharmacy access for underserved patients, support for health centers’ telehealth services, investment in workforce, and strong and stable funding. Health centers want to continue to work in partnership with Congress to address the following issues.