For Immediate Release: December 8, 2019
Statement from Tom Van Coverden, President & CEO
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
“It is encouraging to see today’s announcement that the leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), alongside the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C), have reached an agreement on potential offsets for a five year extension of important public health programs, including the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) programs. The provision, included in legislation to lower out of pocket health care costs for Americans, provides nearly $20 billion for five years of funding for health centers.
“Community Health Centers (CHCs) serve as the foundation for a complete system of care. CHCs have partnered with Congress and previous Administrations to provide integrated, innovative primary care and tackle the tough public health issues of our time – opioid addiction, HIV/AIDs, maternal mortality, caring for veterans and natural disasters. NACHC strongly supports long-term funding so health centers can have the predictable funding needed to care for over 29 million patients nationwide. This agreement would ensure that CHCs can continue to strengthen their communities’ health and economies.”
“This is a significant step forward to provide long-term stable funding for health centers. We wish to thank Members on both sides of the aisle. We are especially grateful for the leadership of HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray, along with E&C Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Greg Walden, whose support for health centers and the essential workforce programs has remained constant.”
Established in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national voice for America’s Health Centers and as an advocate for health care access for the medically underserved and uninsured.