By Amy Simmons Farber
Every crisis is an opportunity, and that is certainly true in these tight fiscal times that health centers face. Congress is drawing up a budget as the current Continuing Resolution is slated to run out on April 8th. Our focus is to ensure health center funding is kept whole as more and more Americans turn to Community Health Centers in greater numbers than ever. Evidently, the message is getting out and local media are taking notice. For example:
Massachusetts: U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA), tells the Boston Globe in a recent feature article, “Why would you want to give someone access to more expensive care if you could take care of it in a less expensive way? It makes absolutely, positively no sense on any level.”
New Jersey: Monmouth Family Health Center draws headlines in the local Atlanticville newspaper and a visit from U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ).
South Dakota: U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) champions the start of a new local health center despite proposed budget cuts from Congress, in the Yankton Press & Dakotan.
California: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s visit to South of Market Health Center in San Francisco spotlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle. And one health center patient in Petaluma urges state and federal legislators not to cut health center funding in a letter to the editor.
Stayed tuned as we continue to track the press around the country and keep an ear to the ground from our grassroots health center leaders.