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Contact: Amy Simmons Farber 301 347 0400

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, June 26, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (HELP) Committee  will consider S. 1895, the Lower Health Care Costs Act, a bipartisan measure that provides  a 5-year funding reauthorization for America’s Health Centers.  The bill was introduced by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA).

Health centers provide quality care to 28 million people across the country —1.4 million of whom are homeless and 82 percent of whom are uninsured or publicly insured. Passage of S. 1895 will ensure stable funding for health centers and other essential programs at a time when demand for affordable primary care continues to grow.  Health center funding will expire on September 30 unless Congress acts.

“Clearly there is bipartisan momentum to ensure stable, long-term funding for health centers so they can continue the work of addressing America’s public health challenges in communities – the opioid use epidemic, maternal and infant mortality, caring for veterans and responding to natural disasters,” said Tom Van Coverden, CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  “We are grateful to Senators Alexander and Murray  for their leadership in recognizing the accomplishments of health centers and their vital role of saving lives while generating cost savings.”

In addition to extending the Community Health Center Fund, S. 1895 also extends funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program for 5 years.

What: Senate HELP Committee Markup of S. 1895, the Lower Health Care Costs Act

When: Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 am

Where: Room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building

A live webcast, witness list and testimony will be posted on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee website.