STATEMENT: CCALAC Urges Congress to Prevent Primary Care Funding Cliff

Posted: September 6, 2017

Community Clinics and Health Centers Seek Extended Funding to Provide Care

LOS ANGELES – September 2017– Today Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to extend funding for critical health care programs for five more years, at minimum.

“Non-profit community health centers are a trusted source of high-quality, comprehensive care for the nation’s most underserved communities,” McCarthy said. “Without action by Congress to secure funding for the health center program alone, health centers will see a 70 percent decrease in the funding that we receive. Loss of funding means loss of access to care.

“Over the past five years community health centers have made major advancements to expand access and transform care for their communities,” McCarthy continued. “They’ve created jobs and made major investments into their local economies. This funding ensures the ongoing viability of our program and the progress we’ve made.

“As Congress returns to work in September, we urge them to work together, to continue their commitment to their communities, and to pass legislation to maintain level funding for both CHIP and the Community Health Centers Programs. Our clinics and communities need this security for our future.”

In 2009, the Affordable Care Act appropriated $10 billion dollars in mandatory funding over five-years for health centers, then in 2015, another two years of level mandatory funding for the program was secured via H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Funding for Community Health Center programs (including Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education and the National Health Service Corps) as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire on Sept 30, 2017.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 62 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Alex Medina, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6500
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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