As of October 1, 2017......Community Health Centers have 90 days of funding left!
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Hi, my name is _________, I’m calling as a (patient/board member/staff member, supporter) of (Health Center Name) in (town).
I’m calling today because: As a constituent of your district, I am writing to ask that you please work with your colleagues to find a bipartisan solution for health center funding by the end of the month. Community Health Centers have only 90 days of federal funding left before facing a 70% cut in funding. This uncertainty is already creating challenges as it pertains to recruiting physicians and other workforce, implementing needed services and long-range planning. For more than 50 years, the health center movement has had strong bipartisan support from Congress. The investment is working! Please don't stop now. Please urge your colleagues to work together for a permanent, long-term, bipartisan solution to health center funding by October 31st.
Community Health Center Funding Cliff
Because Congress did not extend the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF) by October 1st, every Community Health Center faces drastic reductions in their federal funding at the beginning of their next budget period.
With no fix, health centers face a 70% cut to this grant funding.
Because the direct cuts to federal grants do not take place immediately, some policymakers are under the inaccurate impression that the cliff will not impact health centers until January.
In fact, the funding cliff is already creating disruption, and funding uncertainty is forcing cutbacks and operational instability now. For example, even before October 1st, 26% of health centers report that the potential for the funding cliff had already made it harder to recruit and retain staff.*
Collectively, Health Center Partners (HCP) 17 members serve nearly 900,000 Southern California residents in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties). This funding cut equates to a collective loss of $44 million dollars – resources that are being used to provide comprehensive care to residents in these counties.
Our ask to Congress is simple: Right now, the best way to demonstrate strong bi-partisan support for a Health Center Cliff Fix is with a solid and extensive list of co-sponsors on the Senate and House CHIME Act – S. 1899 in the Senate and H.R. 3770 in the House – both bills mapping out a five year cliff fix.
- Talking Points (CPCA, October)
- Funding Cliff Infographic (NACHC, October)
- “Community Health Investment, Modernization and Excellence Act of 2017.” CHMIE ACT
- Letter to Members of Congress from HCP Membership
- HCP Press Release (September 19, 2017)
- TALKING POINTS (CPCA)
- EXPLAINER ON CLIFF (NACHC)
- EXPLAINER Mandatory vs. Discretionary Funding (NACHC)