With Election Day finally upon us, we’re reflecting on the strides Community Health Centers have made in their journey for over half a century. Regardless of the election’s outcome, health centers and the people who are proud to work in them are committed to the idea of empowering communities, whether it’s through voting, fighting for affordable access to care, or improving health outcomes for at-risk populations. We’re also proud that expanding health centers remains an issue on which both Republicans and Democrats can and do agree. There are more health centers located in medically underserved communities because elected leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House decided they are a solution to saving lives and keeping down health care costs.
As NACHC Board Chair Ricardo Guzman explained in this op-ed recently published in The Hill:
“The success of the Health Center Program has helped drive its growth to nearly 25 million people or one in 13 Americans. The surge is extraordinary in part because it could not have happened without the agreement among Republicans and Democrats to put more health centers in communities. Both Presidents George W. Bush and President Barack Obama were key architects of the program’s expansion over the course of their administrations. They understood that expanding affordable care is a moral imperative but, more to the point, it’s also a good investment in the public’s health.”