Important Health Reform Hearing Spotlights Health Centers

The health care reform discussion continued in Washington Thursday, and once again, Community Health Centers figured prominently.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee took testimony today in a hearing called Primary Health Care Access Reform: Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps.

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) chairs this Committee, although U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) managed the hearing in Kennedy’s absence — and Sanders was among several lawmakers who spoke positively of the impact of health centers. “We’re saving money.  We’re keeping people well, we’re keeping them out of emergency rooms…. this is a win-win-win situation,” Sanders said.

“There’s no better story in my state for health care than what community health centers do,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Testimony from the Hearing…

Daniel R. Hawkins, Jr., NACHC

Yvonne Davis, Health Care Partners of South Carolina

Lisa Nichols, Midtown Community Health Center

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

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