Community health center advocates push for government funding

WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- The U.S. Senate will consider a government funding bill that includes a two year funding extension for community health centers.

Community health centers are private and non-profit organizations that are intended to provide healthcare to underserved communities.

Tuesday, advocates from Wisconsin traveled to Washington, D.C. to urge legislators to restore federal funds this week.

Stephanie Harrison, the CEO of the Wisconsin Primary Healthcare Association said, “The health centers have been struggling with ambiguity, and is real patient lives on the line here.”

Harrison called on Wisconsin's legislators to act as soon as possible. She said, “We really need all of their help to get this bill across the finish line by Thursday"

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) says she would like to see a longer funding commitment for the healthcare centers. Baldwin said, “I’m going to do my best to up that to more years of stable funding.”

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) said it is likely Congress will settle on the two-year funding plan approved by the House Tuesday evening. Duffy said, “The bottom line is we want to make sure people who don’t have enough money have access to good healthcare, and that’s what community healthcare centers by and large offer.”

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