Late last night, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2 (92 – 8). This bill, which will soon be signed into law by President Obama, includes $7.2 billion in mandatory funding for the Health Centers Program, as well as continued funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Teaching Health Centers (THC) for two years. Moreover, passage of this bill means access to care is now protected for 28 million people CHCs are projected to serve by next year! Read the NACHC statement on the passage of H.R. 2 here.
You, and thousands of Health Center Advocates made this victory a reality. Your calls and emails, visits with Members of Congress in Washington and back home, letters to the editor, Health Center Week events – Your commitment to advocacy and YOUR ACTION made this success happen for Health Centers and the patients they serve. Make no mistake, the power of advocacy has never been more real!
Our job as Health Center Advocates is far from over, there is much work to be done in the weeks, months and years ahead. But today, we celebrate and say THANK YOU, to each and every Health Center Advocate, for your incredible commitment and advocacy action! And, we must also say THANK YOU to the 92 U.S. Senators and 392 U.S Representatives that voted YES on H.R. 2 to support Health Centers.
This victory is renewed evidence of the power of your grassroots advocacy – because of you, tens of thousands of people will continue their work in and for Health Centers, and MILLIONS of people will continue to have access to care at Health Centers. You made a difference! Well done!!