Loss of Funding Could Close Michigan Community Health Centers
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Nationally and statewide, community health centers are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, despite more than 700,000 Michiganders annually using their services.
Community health centers are typically local clinics that treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, and many have been expanding their facilities to meet the additional demands of the Affordable Care Act.
But according to Kim Sibilsky, CEO of the Michigan Primary Care Association, the federal grants which have allowed community health centers to grow are set to expire next year.
"Once you've geared up and expanded the system, if there isn't regular infusion of dollars, the system will roll back," says Sibilsky. "We're really talking about basic, annual funding."
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