By Amy Simmons Farber
Health center leaders around the country are generating a lot of ink and headlines about the proposed spending cuts to Community Health Centers that recently passed the House. A case in point is the op-ed recently penned by Louise Reese, CEO of the West Virginia Primary Care Association (“We Can’t Afford to Cut Community Health”) in the Charlestown Gazette. Reese writes, “For West Virginia, that means health center sites may have to close; more than 49,000 patients will immediately lose access to care; and more than 130 health center employees will lose their jobs. Those patients must either go without preventive medicine, or wait for care at the hospital.” You can read the full text of the article here.
The CEO of the California Primary Care Association, Carmela Castellano-Garcia, has also weighed in on the impact of the proposed cuts in the pages of The Sacramento Bee, noting, “These cuts will not only halt the expansion of the cost-effective, high quality and patient-directed health center model of care, they will have a real and devastating impact on existing health centers and the communities and patients they serve.” You can read the full text of the article here.
There has also been simliar outreach to news outlets in Virginia, Texas, and Ohio.