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House Energy & Commerce Committee will hear testimony on investing in key health programs

Community Health Centers will discuss their vital role in America’s health care at a hearing of the Health Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce on Tuesday, June 4. The hearing, Investing in America’s Health Care, will give Members of Congress the opportunity to hear from stakeholders on the need to reauthorize funding and invest in key health care programs.

Through their unique model of care, health centers continue to expand their services, providing access to quality care to 28 million people across the country—1.4 million of whom are experiencing homelessness and 23 percent of whom are uninsured. However, funding for health centers and other essential programs is set to expire on September 30.

Providing important testimony on the Community Health Center Program, National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program will be Shasta Community Health Center CEO Dean Germano from Redding, California. Germano will address the Committee to make the case that “Federal investments supporting the health center system of care must be sustained in a long term and stable manner to ensure health centers’ ability to plan for the future, recruit staff, and expand services for patients, as well as to reduce the uncertainty caused by year-to-year renewals of this critical investment in access to care.”

The significance of these programs to the nation’s health system is reflected not only in the history of strong bipartisan support but also in the five bills that have been introduced in Congress supporting long term funding.

What: Investing in America’s Health Care

When: Tuesday, June 4 at 10 am

Where: John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building

A live webcast, witness list, and testimony will be posted on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce website.


Contact: Amy Simmons