This week Senators Carper (D-DE), Cornyn (R-TX), Cardin (D-MD), Blunt (R-MO), Stabenow (D-MI) and Boozman (R-AR) announced the formation of the very first Senate Community Health Centers Caucus. On Monday, these 6 members sent out a Dear Colleague Letter announcing the establishment of the new bipartisan caucus and seeking new members. While a House Community Health Centers Caucus has existed for over a decade, up until now there has not been a similar caucus in the Senate. However, as of this week health centers have gone bicameral!
Caucus Co-Chairs – Senators Carper , Cornyn, Cardin and Blunt – along with additional founding members Senators Stabenow and Boozman are currently soliciting members to join. Much like the House caucus, this group of health center champions will elevate health center issues in Congress, educate and inform other members of the benefits of health centers, and continue efforts to advocate for policies that promote and support health centers nationwide.
This is an exciting new bipartisan effort so please remember to thank your Senator if they are a co-chair or a founding member. And if you’re getting any face-time with your Senator or Senate staffer during the upcoming Health Center Week or August recess remember to ask them to join the Caucus when they come back to DC! To view the Senate Health Center Dear Colleague, click here.