Stop Federal Funding Cuts To Community Health Centers
  • Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

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Stop Federal Funding Cuts To Community Health Centers

    1. Dan Peterson
    2. Petition by

      Dan Peterson

      Pewaukee, WI

On Saturday, February 19th, the House of Representatives approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 1 that cut $1.3 billion from the Health Centers Program and represents real and significant threat to keeping health center funding whole. These cuts threaten the 127 new ARRA funded health centers and jeopardize access to care to the 3.3 million new patients. The proposed bill would also halt the expansion of the cost-effective health center model for FY2011, meaning no funding for New Access Points, Expanded Services applications that have already been submitted would go unfunded, and communities seeking planning grants for health centers would not be awarded.

Be aware that the House passage of the CR is the first step in the process. The Senate and White House will have significant involvement in this process and for the House bill to become law, both chambers (House AND Senate) will ultimately need to pass the same bill. 

While we can’t be sure how things will unfold over the next few weeks, we do know that NOW is the time to educate Senators and their staff about what these cuts would mean to your health center and community and to continue to advocate for level discretionary funding of $2.19 billion in FY2011.

 

What will cuts to Health Centers mean:

  • The devastating $1.3 billion cut in H.R. 1 will mean that overall health centers will lose the capacity to serve 11 million patients in FY2011 alone. 
    • Within months, 127 new health centers that have opened in the last year and a half thanks to Recovery Act or stimulus funds will have to CLOSE THEIR DOORS.
    • Well over 3.7 million patients who have received access to care in the last year and a half under the Recovery Act or stimulus New Access Point and Increased Demand for Services funding will LOSE ACCESS to care within months as a result of this cut.
    • This cut will not only halt the expansion of the cost-effective, high-quality and patient-directed health center model of care, it will have real, devastating and virtually immediate impacts on existing health centers and the communities and patients they serve – pregnant women, children, those without health insurance due to the recession and recent unemployment and people with HIV/AIDS to name a few – will literally be left with nowhere to turn.
    • Health centers will also be forced to lay off over 10,000 employees in the rural and urban underserved communities where they are located.
    • This proposed cut comes at a time when states have to cut $89 million in financial support to health centers due to their budgetary crises.

      Keeping health centers funding whole will:
       
    • Ensure that health center funding  accounts for the growth the program experienced in the past 18 months by adding 3.7 million patients, 127 new centers, and 10,000 new jobs;
    • Allow HRSA to make awards for the new access point (NAP), expanded services (ES), and planning grant funding opportunities the agency previously announced; and
    • Extend the cost-effective, high-quality and patient-directed model of care to patients who currently lack a routine source of primary care and would otherwise seek care in emergency departments or delay care until hospitalization is the only option.
    • Decades of research have shown that health centers RETURN money to the health care system, including the nation’s entitlement programs. Investing in health centers increases that return on investment.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. How To Save $15 Billion Of Health Care Costs

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      It seems like a good idea. Invest in the expansion of our nation's community health centers (CHCs) so that low income workers without adequate health insurance would have a regular doctor to visit, instead of the only other alternative, high-cost...

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Dan Peterson
      Petition Organizer

      "March 4, 2011: The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations released highlights today of a 7-month Continuing Resolution which RESTORES health center funds that had been cut by the U.S. House: "The Senate bill restores the $1 billion cut, preserving both the vital services being provided today and the planned expansion of centers estimated to treat over 7.5 million new patients this year."
      News

      Its a great first step! Keep sending those e-mails and phone calls to your elected leaders. Let's make this a reality!
      Thanks,
      Dan

    5. Community Health Centers Under Budget Attack From All Sides

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Just as our Community Health Centers were fending off state budget cuts of over $90 million, they are under attack again from an approved U.S. House budget bill that has approved cuts of $1.3 billion. While the Senate considers the bill, we all need...

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. State Funding for Community Health Centers in Danger

      Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Community Health Centers (CHCs) have the distinction of being one of the few components of the health care delivery system that have consistently impressed both Republicans and Democrats. For over 45 years, CHCs have delivered primary care to a...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Samantha Benton CHARLOTTE, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      The HR should WANT to keep funding these health centers, where will they go if they get sick and need medical care? Everyone deserves to be healthy and safe.

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    • Ciera Cofield HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a shame, why? would they want to cut community health centers. what about the disable, elderly, and unemployed people that cant afford to pay for health insurance. are these cold hearted senators going to pay out of the million dollar pockets to help all the people in need of ongoing health care.NO!! so why take from the people that help you get where you are I thought your suppose to care the people of your country.

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    • Georgette Vianni ORINDA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have been a patient at these clinics during hard times. My son is employed only half time with no benefits. He is so grateful for a community health clinic in Berkelek, CA.

      The clinics provide wonderful care and employ indiduals living in the area. They are needed.

      Georgette Vianni, RN

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    • Pat Rachels TOLEDO, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Why cut funding for Americans? How about we take the money that we send overseas for thier disasters. How about we treat the children here at home that have Cncer, Cleft Palettes or other diseases. We seem to be able to find money to help everyone but our own. I have Multiple Sclerosis and I can get no help because I continue to work so that I have my home. Charity begins at home not abroad. Why do the senators care they get health care.

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    • Lydia Evans CHARLOTTE, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      Stop this madness, what is next? If these seniors and disabled people are put out on the streets without care and medicine and food then crime will rise. Making money problems even worse.

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