As health care reform gains momentum in Washington, health centers need to be sure that they are included under any expanded or reformed health insurance system, and that they are adequately paid for all the services they provided.
Members of Congress have now introduced resolutions in both House and Senate, calling for health centers to be full participants and appropriately reimbursed as part of any health care reform effort. The House version, H.Con.Res. 144, is being led by Health Center Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mike Capuano (D-MA) and Kay Granger (R-TX). The Senate version, S.Con.Res. 25, was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
The resolutions address both of the fundamental goals health center advocates are stressing in health reform: first, expanding our system of care to meet the need in underserved communities nationwide, and second, ensuring that health centers participate fully and are paid adequately under any expansion of coverage that takes place as part of reform.
Building support for these resolutions will be a crucial part of our health reform legislative strategy. Even as dozens of different health reform bills are introduced, debated and worked over in the House and Senate throughout the summer and fall, these resolutions give all Members a chance to affirmatively (and publicly) display their support for health centers.
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– Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor S. Con. Res 25
– Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.Con. Res. 144