Report part of 50th anniversary!
A report released today by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACCHC) estimates that the so-called “funding cliff” for health centers would result in 7.4 million patients losing access to care at their local health center and nearly 57,000 clinicians and staff being laid off unless Congress acts to restore funding levels.
The report, released at a press conference in Washington, refers to the Health Centers Fund, which makes up more than half of all community health center funding, and will end in October 2015 unless it is reauthorized by Congress. Health centers would see a reduction or elimination of health care access in some of the nation’s most vulnerable communities without the reauthorization, according to NACCHC.
The report was released in conjunction with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of community health centers in 2015, The centers are expected to serve about 28 million people by the end of this year, according to Dan Hawkins, NACHC’s senior vice president for public policy and research. “Health centers not only improve access to care by removing barriers related to cost, insurance, distance, or language, they also save the U.S. healthcare system about $24 billion each year in reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits,” Hawkins added.
The full report can be accessed at: http://www.nachc.com/client/PI_50th.pdf
Debra Markley, MPH
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