Health Centers Need Your Help!
- The clock is ticking and we need more advocacy than ever to move Congress to ACT to fix the cliff! Mark your calendar for the next National Cliff Call-In Day on Monday, September 25th. We need every single Health Center Advocate on the phone with their Member of Congress to demand immediate action to fix the cliff. Advocates should once again use the toll free Advocacy Hotline 1-866-456-3949 to call your Members of Congress and to deliver the Health Center message clearly and urgently. Look for more information, including updated call script and directions coming soon. Start making plans TODAY for Cliff Call-In Day take two on Monday, September 25th.
- The Health Center Advocates generated nearly 8,000 calls to their Members of Congress as part of our National Cliff Call-In Day September 18th. Our combined efforts lead South Carolina to have the most calls in the southeast and finish 2nd in the entire nation! Great job. Let's keep up the great work and keep pushing Congress to keep us from falling off the funding cliff. Special shout out to Health Center Advocates in New Jersey for setting the high water mark for most calls placed from one state, with over 1,000 calls. Health Center Advocates delivered an unmistakable message to Congress yielding clear results and demonstrating the power of advocacy. Most notably, 70 Senators stepped up to co-sign the Blunt-Stabenow Senate Health Center Cliff letter! That this many Senators stepped up to show public support for immediate action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff is proof that our advocacy is working, and we are one step closer to true action to fix the cliff once and for all. With just 10 days remaining until the cliff becomes a reality, we must remain committed and relentless in our advocacy every day until Congress take action. Most importantly, your advocacy is making a difference and showing real results – THANK YOU – and keep going, continue your calls, emails, and social media posts until the cliff is fixed!
- For more information, take a look at the following articles:
- Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Community Health Center Funding Introduced by Reps. Stefanik, Young, Courtney and O’Halleran
- Another health funding cliff puts care for millions at risk by Rachel Roubein at The Hill
- Fix the Funding Cliff for Community Health Centers by Jill-Marie Steeley at the Independent Record
- Health centers urge Congress to act to avoid mass closures by Virgil Dickinson at Modern Healthcare
- Republicans Demand Another Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act by Robert Pear at The New York Times
- Senate Panel Aims For Deal on Stabilizing Markets Early Next Week by Rachel Roubein at The Hill
- HHS Slashes funding to groups helping ACA consumers enroll by up to 92 percent by Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein at The Washington Post
- Anthem Changes Course, Will Offer Obamacare Plans in 63 Virginia Counties And Cities by Bruce Jaspen at Forbes
Health Centers Are a Bipartisan, Community-Based Health Care Solution that Works
- Regardless of insurance coverage, all people need a place to go for health care. For more than 50 years, Community Health Centers have worked to solve the national challenge of access to care with innovative solutions at the local level.
- With the election now behind us, it is important to remember that there is something on which both Republican and Democratic policymakers have agreed: The Health Center Program produces results. As local businesses, directed by the people in the communities they serve, health centers deliver quality, affordable and cost-effective health care to millions of people all over the country where needed most. And they deliver these results in a way that reduces the overall cost of care in those communities.
- Presidential administrations and Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle have made investments in health center expansion for the past 16 years because they know health centers deliver value for patients and for the federal taxpayer.
Health Centers Reduce Costs and Save Lives
- Health centers not only prevent chronic disease and illness, they also reach beyond the walls of the exam room to address underlying factors that may cause it – such as poor nutrition, mental health problems, homelessness, unsafe environmental conditions, or substance use disorders.
- Health centers save, on average, $2,371 (or 24 percent) in total spending per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers, according to a recent multistate study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
- Health centers generate $24 billion in savings to the health care system every year by efficiently managing and treating chronic disease, keeping people out of emergency rooms where care is costlier, and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations – even among the most economically challenged populations.
Investing in Health Centers is Critical
- Some 62 million Americans lack access to primary care because of a variety of factors, including long travel distances to health care facilities, affordability of care and a shortage of available doctors and other providers. Health centers have been and remain the frontline responders in addressing these challenges of access to care, as well as emerging public health challenges, such as the nationwide opioid epidemic, the Zika virus, and lead contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.
- Today, 25 million mostly working class people, including 305,000 veterans, all across America rely on their local health centers for primary and preventive health services, and they are asking their local, state and national policymakers not only to preserve the services they have in their own communities, but also expand those services to others who need them.
- Even with broad public support for health centers, there is no guarantee of long-term funding to support continued expansion of health care for more people. It is up to Congress to extend stable funding for the program, which is currently set to expire next year. Otherwise, health centers across the country will face a 70 percent funding cut. Such a loss would result in closure of sites, loss of jobs in the community, and hurt millions of people who rely on their health centers for care.
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