The U.S. Senate is expected to take up HR 1 next week, the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution that the House passed last weekend. It includes a $1.3 billion funding cut to the Health Centers program for the remainder of this fiscal year.
The funding cut would have a devastating impact on Health Centers in Michigan and across the country. It threatens the 127 Health Centers that were newly funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, it jeopardizes access to care for 3.3 million new patients nationwide and over 100,000 Michigan residents, and it eliminates jobs.
Please contact Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and ask them to reject the cut to Health Center funding in HR 1. Explain that maintaining level funding of the Health Centers program at $2.19 billion will enable Health Centers to continue serving the over 21 million existing Health Center patients and expand to meet the needs of America’s underserved who lack a health care home. Click here for more information about how the funding cut would impact Michigan Health Centers. For a national perspective, visit NACHC’s Information Center.
HR 1 also eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees programs like Community HealthCorps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps. Visit www.saveservice.org for more information.
Once the Senate passes its bill, the House bill and the Senate bill must be negotiated into one final bill and each chamber must pass exactly the same bill before it goes to President Obama.