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The Universal Appeal of Community Health Centers
More Funding Will Help Boost the Health of Our Nation’s Increasingly Diverse Population
Shivani Parikh August 2011
Communiy healh ceners are a crucial source o healh care or a diverse group o paiens, providing prevenive services, reamen, and care managemen or medically underserved communiies. Ta’s why hese ceners have enjoyed solid biparisan sup-por over he pas several decades.oday, hough, he paien load in communiy healh ceners around he naion is onhe rise. Te number o people wihou access o aordable healh care—56 million, orone-h o Americans , according o he Naional Associaion o Communiy HealhCeners—is growing because o rising healh care cossor individuals and amilies anddue o persisen unemploymen a near-double-digi percenages, which eliminaesemployer-based healh insurance or hose workers who lose heir jobs and or heiramilies, oo.Tis is why communiy healh ceners need more resources o deliver he bes care omore paiens. Te new healh reorm law recognizes he imporan role o communiy healh ceners and provides signican new unding or he expansion and creaion o new clinics. Tis issue brie presens he reasons why his unding mus be preserved asCongress and he Obama adminisraion grapple wih eors o rim our ederal budgedeci over he nex 10 years.
A history of bipartisan support
In a 2009 speechPresiden Barack Obamasaed, “healh care isn’ jus abou diagnos-ing paiens and reaing illness—i’s abou caring or people and promoing wellness.I’s abou emphasizing educaion and prevenion, and helping people lead healhier livesso hey don’ ge sick in he rs place.” FormerPresiden George W. Bushalso voiced