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Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers serves as the collective voice for Pennsylvania's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs), FQHC Look-Alikes (FQHCLAs), and non-profit Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).  Our members are unique nonprofit primary care facilities that provide a wide array of services to Pennsylvanians in underserved areas of the state. There are nearly 300 sites in 52 counties serving nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians.  At these primary care facilities, patients will receive high quality care at a price they can afford with sliding fees based on income and family size.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Emergency Declaration End Could Impact Providers and Care Options

The Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) recently notified licensed providers about what happens to the licensing waivers if the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration is ended. To date, DOS has issued nearly 100 temporary waivers under authority granted by the Governor’s declaration of a disaster emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the disaster declaration ends, the authority to grant these waivers will expire and they will no longer be in effect. Currently, the disaster declaration remains in place, and all waivers remain effective. Based on the results of the ballot questions during the recent primary elections, the authority to continue the disaster emergency now lies with the state legislature rather than the governor. PACHC has been told that the state legislature and the Wolf administration are working to find ways to “open Pennsylvania for business” while maintaining many of the waivers (including those like telehealth that are outside of DOS licensure waivers) – either for a short term or on a permanent basis. How Can You Help? Contact your state legislators and let them know how important these waivers have been and continue to be in meeting the needs of your patients and why they are still necessary. Click here to find your local legislators. Legislators are in their district offices until June 7.

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