Check out an infographic from the National Association of Community with what’s at stake for US Community Health Centers and a recent legislative update from Loretta Bush, CEO of Michigan Primary Care Association:
On Wednesday, October 4th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation extending funding for many of the health care safety net programs that expired September 30th, including health center mandatory funding, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Centers programs. The bill, H.R. 3922, also referred to as the CHAMPION Act, included level funding for health centers ($3.6 billion) and the NHSC ($310 million per year) for the next two years. It doubled funding for the Teaching Health Centers program ($126 million per year) since the last extension led to a dramatic cut to the program.
While we were hopeful that the momentum we built with your advocacy over the past many months would encourage a bipartisan negotiations, the bill passed along partisan lines due to a controversial offset – a deep cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) that was established under the Affordable Care Act and has been used to fund a significant portion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal response to the Flint Water Crisis. Please know that a “no” vote from Democrats on this bill is not a “no” vote against funding health centers, but rather an objection to the proposal of how to pay for the funding. We see this movement forward as a positive step in resolving the health center funding cliff, and we are confident that your continued advocacy will result in a bipartisan resolution in the near future.