Sending Office: Honorable Ann M. Kuster
Bipartisan Letter to Support Long-Term, Robust Community Health Center Funding
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We welcome you to join our bipartisan letter urging leadership to prioritize both long-term reauthorization and additional infrastructure funding for community health centers (CHCs) in any forthcoming legislation.
The recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act extended funding for CHCs, the National Health Service Corps, and teaching health centers that operate GME programs (THCGME) at current funding levels through November 30, 2020, and included
$1.3 billion in supplemental funding for health centers for Fiscal Year 2020. However, CHCs operate on extremely thin margins that have already been stretched due to Coronavirus response efforts. Given the health center’s vital role in protecting vulnerable
populations, both in rural and urban areas, more needs to be done to ensure their long-term financial viability. We urge leadership to consider legislation reauthorizing CHCs for five years to provide long-term, sustainable funding.
It is also critical that future legislation considers the urgent infrastructure needs of CHCs. Now more than ever, infrastructure funding is essential to both support ongoing projects to address unmet primary care needs that have been suspended due to COVID-19,
as well as support the implementation of various new infrastructure needs to provide ongoing and necessary care during the pandemic.
We hope that you will join us in continuing to advocate for robust resources for these critical providers.
If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Salemme (Marisa.email@example.com) in Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s office, or Shayne Woods (Shayne.firstname.lastname@example.org) in Congressman Gus Bilirakis’
Please use THIS FORM to sign on by COB Wednesday, April 29
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