On behalf of the nation’s nearly 1400 health centers and the 27 million patients they serve, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) wants to express our sincere appreciation for the $7.8 billion dollars in federal grant funding for the Community Health Center program that was included in the bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress early this morning.
We are especially appreciative that Congress recognized the growing value of health centers by including an additional $600 million dollars to further support health center operations and address unmet need in communities across the country, as well as $60 million dollars to assist health centers in areas impacted by recent natural disasters. We are also grateful for the funding extensions of the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program, two vital resources that support the health center workforce.
Throughout these last challenging months, we were buoyed by the unrelenting support of our bipartisan Congressional champions, and in particular want to thank Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for their leadership and dedication to resolving this crisis. They were joined by so many of their colleagues in highlighting the critical role that health centers play in more than 10,000 communities across the country, and we look forward to continuing to work with Congress to come up with solutions to our most pressing health care challenges.
With uncertainty around their funding now put to rest, health centers can return to focusing solely on what they do best – caring for their patients and communities. Our work is far from done, and we look forward to building off these successes by continuing to lead the way in providing high quality, affordable, and accessible care to all those in need.