March 26, 2021
COVID-19 RESOURCES
TN COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Updated
The Tennessee Department of Health has updated Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, and Tennesseans in Phases 2a and 2b of the state’s plan, and those 55 years and up, are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

On Monday, Governor Bill Lee announced all Tennessee adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination no later than April 5.

TDH has launched a new online scheduling tool that allows users to book their appointment for COVID-19 vaccination at participating health department sites when they are eligible to do so. Tennesseans can access the system at covid19.tn.gov and select their county to schedule an
appointment. Users will enter their demographic information and will then be able to choose a date and time for their vaccination appointment. Tennesseans who have already registered for a COVID-19 vaccination do not need to re-enter their information in the new system.

TPCA COVID-19 Resources Page

TPCA created a COVID-19 Resources page that contains information and tools for health centers and the general public on a variety of COVID-19 related topics including TPCA’s COVID-19 vaccines, updates, human resources & operations, telehealth, and PPE.

TPCA Members may also access the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for the latest in TN COVID-19 Vaccine distribution as well as timely and relevant resources.
WEEKLY Open COVID-19 Webinar for Healthcare Professionals

Join the TN Department of Health for a weekly open Q&A webinar hour for health care professionals to ask questions about the Tennessee COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution plan and COVID-19 vaccines.

TDH provider calls occur every Friday.

TPCA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Congratulations to Christ Community Health Services' CEO, Shantelle Leatherwood, for being named to the Memphis Business Journal's Power 100 list of the most influential business leaders of 2021!

STATE POLICY UPDATES
Legislation to Protect 340B

Legislation to protect community health centers and other third parties from discriminatory reimbursement in the 340B drug pricing is advancing in the Tennessee General Assembly.

TPCA is supporting SB1205/HB1348, sponsored by Senator Briggs and Representative Helton, and SB1617/HB1398, sponsored by Senator Reeves and Representative Helton. This week, HB1348 passed out of the House Insurance Committee and SB1617 passed out of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.

FEDERAL POLICY UPDATES
COVID-19 Stimulus Package

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law on Thursday, March 11. The legislation includes $7.6B in funding for community health centers along with funding for workforce programs including $800M for the National Health Service Corps, $200 for the Nurse Corps, and $330 million for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program.

On Thursday, March 25th, the Biden Administration announced that HHS will invest more than $6 billion from the American Rescue Plan into Community Health Centers nationwide to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

The remaining funding will be available to community health centers through competitive grant opportunities for major capital projects. Funding will be provided to PCAs, HCCNs, and NTTAPs, and will generally be available for costs going back to Jan 1. 2020, and through the end of FY 2022.
NACHC Policy and Issues Forum

Thank you to everyone who has participated in virtual visits with Members of Congress during the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum. We are grateful for the time you spent sharing key updates with the Tennessee Congressional Delegation and advocating for health center priorities.

If there are items you would like TPCA to follow-up on from your meetings, please email emily.waitt@tnpca.org.
340B: Executive Order on Insulin and EpiPens Delayed Again

On March 19, The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) announced in the Federal Register that the effective date for the rule implementing a Trump administration Executive Order on Insulin and EpiPens will be delayed until July 20, 2021. This rule would require community health centers to offer Insulin and EpiPens at the 340B price or less. The Biden administration previously delayed the original implementation date for 60 days, to March 22, 2021.
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