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President Obama Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

Tuesday, February 03, 2015  
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President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal on February 2. It calls for an additional $2.7 billion a year for three years in mandatory funding for Health Centers. This amount would be combined with discretionary funding of $1.5 billion and reserve funding from the existing Health Centers Fund. Taken together, the budget calls for funding to support continued operations and services at FY15 levels.


"We are pleased to see that the budget proposal released by the President today acknowledges the need for a multi-year solution to the funding cliff. By proposing three years of additional mandatory funding, the President has clearly signaled that maintaining our nation’s investment in health centers must be a priority. Yet with 62 million Americans today without access to primary care, it makes sense not only to keep health centers where they are, but given the increasing demand—to continue investing in expanded access, better services and higher quality care. The dividends for patients, communities and the healthcare system are enormous," said NACHC President & CEO Tom Van Coverden in a statement. Click here to read the statement in its entirety.


The budget also calls for a robust investment in the nation’s primary care workforce, calling for more than a doubling of field strength in the National Health Service Corps. 

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