Call-In to Support Health Center Funding!
Congress has officially passed another Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the government funded until December 20, 2019. Funding for the Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, National Health Services Corps (NHSC), and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) were all included in this CR.
Community Health Centers (CHCs) provide services to 28 million vulnerable patients nationally at 11,000 delivery sites across the country, including the 7,000+ unstably housed people Care For the Homeless serves at our health centers in four of the five boroughs of New York City. CHCs have consistently been rated as the most cost-effective local solution to our most pressing national health care problem: providing comprehensive quality primary and preventative health care to the people most in need and often with the least access.
Federal grants, known as 330 grants, provide at least 70% of our CHC funding. Obviously, our CHCs cannot operate as they do today without these federal grants. Congress has provided us with another temporary fix, but it is imperative that we keep up the pressure in order to ensure CHCs remain a funding priority.
We must remain laser focused on three important asks:
- Long-term funding for health centers, greater than the two years we are currently funded at;
- An increase to the CHC Fund that would allow for new sites, more staff and providers, and expanded services; and
- Passage of an extension bill before the December 20th deadline.
The Health Center Advocacy Network is hosting a call-in competition. Let’s represent for health centers in New York City and call our Congressional representatives to make long term funding for CHCs a priority in their negotiations. Our consumers are counting on us to keep the pressure on our elected representatives. Please click the link below for call-in instructions. We have until Friday, December 6th to represent NY in this competition! But don’t let that stop you from calling in after this date, any contact with our representatives will go a long way in keeping our ask front and center.