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Community Health Centers and the President’s 2012 State of the Union

By Micah Clemens

Last night, President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address, outlining his priorities for the country in the coming year. Many of the themes the President raised — for instance coming together in a “common purpose and common effort” could easily describe the spirit of the Community Health Center movement.  The President also talked about the erosion of economic security among the middle class and the need for job creation, particularly among veterans who are coming home.

NACHC’s President and CEO Tom Van Coverden responded to the President’s speech, and highlighted what health centers are doing to in these areas, such as lowering health care costs, expanding access, and creating jobs — with a special emphasis on hiring veterans:

Community Health Centers are proud of their role in providing the jobless and uninsured with a quality health care home. We are also proud to carry out the Obama Administration’s challenge to hire 8,000 veterans – approximately one veteran per health center site – over the next three years. But we can do more. We can lend our leadership and experience to build a stronger primary care foundation that delivers both excellence and lower health care costs, helping to put our fiscal house in order.

Ask the White House questions about health care policy in 2012

The President has also made members of his administration available to directly answer questions from the American people about the different subjects in the State of the Union. On Friday, they will hold an open Q&A on health policy on Twitter:

Friday, January 27 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Nick Papas, Assistant Press Secretary, will answer questions on Twitter directed to the hashtag #WHchat. You can follow the conversation through the @WHlive Twitter Account at that time as well. Be sure to include the #FQHC hashtag when asking questions about health centers!

See the State of the Union address here and read Tom Van Coverden’s full statement here.