What is the Health Center Funding Cliff?
Health centers are funded by two sources: annual discretionary appropriations and the Health Centers Fund, which is only funded through September 2017. Historically, Congress has voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to extend both of these funding streams, which support health center operations, care for the uninsured, and the cost of services (such as translation, transportation, health education) not typically covered by insurance.
Without action from Congress before September 30th, health centers will face a devastating 70% cut in grant funding. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that this “funding cliff” will lead to a closure of 2,800 health center sites, 51,000 layoffs of clinicians and other personnel, and loss of access for more than 9 million patients nationwide.
How You Can Help
Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to Support Health Centers in the FY18 annual appropriations process:
- Phone Script:Call Your Representatives Graham-Cassidy Bill and Funding Cliff
- Funding Cliff Video for Social Media
- Email your Member of Congress
- Send a letter to your Member of Congress
- Send a postcard
Fact Sheets and Talking Points
- MOC Template Letter (Advocates) - 09/11/17
- Talking points (Advocates)
- Explainer Chart – Health Center Funding Cliff (NACHC)
- Infographic: Federal CHC investments in FY15 and FY16 (NACHC)
- Explainer – mandatory vs. discretionary funding (NACHC)
- NACHC March 2016 Policy Paper – Investing in Community Health
- New and Improved Health Center Funding Cliff Impact Estimator (Same Numbers, Better Tool): The estimator can be downloaded here. Please note that this tool is meant for use at the health center level only – it was not designed to be inclusive of the overall loss of funding at the state level. (NACHC) - September 25, 2017.
For questions, please contact Janalynn Castillo at Jana@healthplusadvocates.org.
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