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May Closes with Successful "Access is the Answer" Support Letter Collective Drive

Wednesday, June 4, 2014  
Posted by: MPCA
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May 31st was the deadline for Health Centers to collect 5 letters of support from local elected officials and 10 letters of support from community partners as part of the "Access is the Answer" Campaign. The goal of the campaign, led by the Campaign for America's Health Centers (a National Association of Community Health Centers project) is to show every policymaker, every American, that protecting and investing in Health Centers is a solution to many of the problems that still face the future of health care in this country.

Health Centers are facing an unprecedented threat an unique opportunity in 2014. Like every year, Health Centers will have to fight to secure annual federal funding. But unlike any year in Health Center history, Health Centers face a looming funding cliff - a potential 70% reduction in Health Center Program funding scheduled to take effect at the end of Fiscal Year 2015.

Thousands of letters were collected by May 31st to demonstrate support for Health Centers in communities across the country and to tell Congress that they must act immediately to fix the Health Center funding cliff. Thank you to the Michigan Health Centers that participated and the staff who spearheaded collection efforts in their local communities.

Although the May collection deadline has passed, advocates are asked to continue collecting support letters and petition signatures on an ongoing basis, to 
report your results to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and then schedule meetings with your Members of Congress during a Congressional Recess Week (such as National Health Center Week) to present to them hardcopy "Access is the Answer" petition signatures and support letters collected by your Health Center.

If you have questions about the "Access is the Answer" Campaign or National Health Center Week, please contact 
Dana Lawrence. If you would like help inviting elected officials to your Health Center or scheduling a meeting with them, please contact Doug Paterson.

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