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MPCA CEO Releases Statement on Health Center Program Reauthorization

Friday, February 9, 2018  
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The Michigan Primary Care Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Loretta V. Bush, issued the following statement in response to the passage of a congressional budget deal that provides two more years of funding for community health centers:


“After more than four long months, Michigan’s 45 health centers and the 700,000 patients who rely on them can rest a little easier.


“Reauthorization of the Health Center Program is a testament not only to the power of bipartisanship, but also to the power of persistent, collective advocacy. This victory belongs to those tireless advocates, all of whom have been relentless champions for the underserved.


“The uncertainty this budgetary crisis created put the health and well-being of more than 100,000 Michigan patients in jeopardy as health centers were forced to consider layoffs, cutbacks, and closures. That’s a situation we hope to never find ourselves in again. We look forward to continuing to work with the Michigan congressional delegation and our community partners to ensure the Health Center Program remains strong and adequately funded — now, and in the future.


“We’re grateful that community health centers can get back to the business of doing what they do best: providing high-quality care to their patients, without interruptions.”

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