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.
Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to Support Health Centers in the FY18 annual appropriations process:
Fact Sheets and Talking Points
- 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
For questions, please contact Janalynn Castillo at Jana@healthplusadvocates.org.