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President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal

Friday, March 7, 2014  
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The Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget process officially began this week when President Obama released his proposed budget on March 5. While the budget "recognizes the vital role of Health Centers in caring for the medically underserved and uninsured," and it includes significant investments in the National Health Service Corps, it "falls well short of the Health Center Program's effort to meet the increasing demands for access to care and what is currently in the law," said National Association of Community Health Centers' President and CEO, Tom Van Coverden in a statement.

The proposed budget includes a total of $4.6 billion in funding for the Health Center Program—$3.6 billion in mandatory funding provided through the Affordable Care Act plus $1.0 billion in discretionary (base grant) funding. This proposed discretionary funding is $500 million less than the current FY 2014 discretionary funding for the Health Center Program. The President's budget also includes a proposal to continue mandatory funding for Health Centers in FY 2016 through FY 2018 at $2.7 billion per year, for a total investment of $8.1 billion. "While we are grateful that the President's budget proposal recognizes the funding cliff Health Centers face under current law, it only proposes a temporary (3 year) solution, and envisions no growth for the Health Center Program after FY 2015," said Van Coverden in the statement. The chart above lists the federal funding the Health Center Program has received in FY 2010 through FY 2014. It also includes the President’s proposed funding for FY 2015 through FY 2018, so please note that these dollar amounts will change once each year’s appropriations process is finalized. Click here for the FY 2015 proposed HHS budget in brief (see pages 25-30).

The President's budget proposal now heads to the House and Senate Budget Committees for consideration, and each committee will draft a budget resolution to submit to its full house. Stay tuned for more updates and for action alerts from NACHC as work continues on a bipartisan basis with Congress and the Administration to ensure adequate funding for Health Centers.

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