FY15 Omnibus Package Calls For Investments in Health Centers
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A spending bill released this week as the result of a bipartisan agreement among Congressional leaders would make available a total of $5.1 billion in program funding for the Health Centers program, which supports the operations of approximately 1,300 health center organizations in over 9,000 communities nationwide. This level of funding will support access to primary care in health centers for millions of additional patients.
“This bill represents an historic recognition of the vital role health centers play – and must continue to play – in delivering meaningful access to primary care nationwide. We greatly appreciate the continued support of Appropriations Committee and Congressional leaders for Health Centers and our shared goal of expanding primary care access to all,“ said Dan Hawkins, Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the National Association of Community Health Centers. “We look forward to working with the administration and Congress to ensure these resources are spent responsibly to preserve, strengthen and expand access to care in underserved communities where it is needed most. Demand for health centers and the comprehensive care they provide is higher than ever – these funds will go a long way toward meeting that demand and will make a difference in the lives of millions.”
The funding represents a combination of level discretionary funds and the final allocation of the 5-year mandatory Community Health Centers Fund, which provides dedicated investment both in capital and in ongoing operational capacity at health centers.
“Given the implications for the future of access to primary care for millions of Americans, we were hopeful Congress would address the cliff issue in concert with finalizing Fiscal Year 15 appropriations. While that did not occur, we stand ready to work with supporters in Congress and with the administration early in the new year to ensure that this shortfall is addressed and that future access to care is not put at risk,” Hawkins said.
Click here to read more in a NACHC press release.