Earlier this month during a national TeleForum NACHC launched a new policy and advocacy campaign called “Access is the Answer”. Health Center Advocates across the country quickly sprung to action to reinforce to Congress and the President that ACCESS to high-quality health care services that Health Centers provide every day is part of the ANSWER to solving America’s health care problems.
America’s Health Centers play an important role delivering care to many Americans and could be the health care home for many more. However, Congress and the President need to act soon to ensure that Health Centers get the funding they need to provide care to their current patients as well as those individuals who currently lack access to care. In 2016, the law as written discontinues funding for the Health Centers Trust Fund, equating to an overall 70% cut. A cut of this size would force Health Centers to close their doors, layoff staff, and reduce the services they provide, leaving millions of Americans without access to the health care services they need.
We strongly encourage all Health Center Advocates to participate in the “Access is the Answer” campaign today. Congress and the President need to hear from you that Health Centers are the ANSWER to our nation’s health care woes and that we need to stop funding cuts and continue growing the Health Centers Program. To make the case, please take the first step in the Access is the Answer campaign to meet our goal by the end of March.
- Goal Number One – Access is the Answer Petition drive: Sign the petition. We’re trying to collect 500 signatures per Health Center, which is about 600,000 signatures total! To do this, we need your help spreading the word about the petition to your friends, family, and colleagues. Post fliers in your Health Center and other community centers, Tweet about the petition, and leave copies of the petition by the front desk or in waiting rooms. Work with your Health Center leadership to launch your own Access is the Answer petition drive locally.
Be creative about how you complete your Health Center’s goals, and please, share what works with us at CFAHC and keep us up-to-date on how it’s going. Remember, America’s communities need and deserve access to quality, affordable health care, and Health Centers are the ANSWER! Thank you for all the work you do as a Health Center Advocate.