Community Health Center (CHC) Funding Cliff… Please be an advocate for NorthLakes Community Clinic and others.
This month (September 2017), health center funding is at stake. We must ask Congress to take action this month, to fix the health center funding cliff and protect the vital services we provide to 27 million patients. Make the health center voice impossible to ignore.
Please take action now, we need to put this on the top of our legislator’s mind so it does not fall through the cracks.
Without action by Congress before September 30, 2017, Health Centers will face an immediate 70% cut in funding. In just 12 days, without Congressional action, Health Center Program Funding will be reduced by 70% – this will affect all Health Centers, and 9 million patients could lose access to care.
We need your help. We need to generate messages, calls, and I will be posting on our social media pages- you could share those messages. The message and the action to help is simple.
- Please email your Members of Congress: Click Here
- Please call your Members of Congress: Dial 1-(866) 456-3949 and enter your zip code to be connected to your Districts Members…
We are asking that before September 30th, Congress extend the Health Centers Fund for at least five years, with at least current funding levels in place. We are calling today because we’re concerned that in a matter of days, every Health Center in America faces a funding cliff.
On September 30, the Community Health Centers Fund will expire – this fund currently accounts for 70% of our federal funding, and ALL funding for critical workforce programs: the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers program.
Community Health Center (CHC) Fact: In 2005, CHCs served over 15 millions people. Today CHCs serve over 25 million people.
Thank you for your time and dedication to NorthLakes Community Clinic.
Thank you to the Washburn Lions Club.
Written by Madelaine Rekemeyer, Director of Development;
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 05/2017)
The Washburn Lions Club donated a generous gift of Scholastic books for NorthLakes Community Clinic’s childhood literacy programs; Reach Out and Read and Read Aloud With Your Kids.
“NorthLakes’ childhood literacy programs align with the Lions Club’s commitment to increase reading and literacy rates. My family always had books around since my mom is a third grade teacher in Washburn. She helped the Lions select the Scholastic books for a wide variety of ages and reading levels.” said Alan Seppa, President of Washburn Lions Club. “We know that NorthLakes Community Clinic reaches many young children and families of all financial means and some of these families are eligible for its sliding fee scale due to living within the federal poverty level. Many times, families go without “new” books. We hope our gift with the new books spark the next generation’s inspiration towards literacy, learning and education.”
For the complete story, click here.
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With that in mind… DID YOU KNOW…
One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, community health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
- Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
- Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
- Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
- Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
- Reducing infant mortality rates
Community health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.
NorthLakes Community Clinic currently has over 200 employees, and offers over 11 different services for our patients. We cared for over 16,800 patients in 2015.
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