CHDI funds secured

Congress OKs two-year deal

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

U.S. Congress on Friday passed a two-year spending deal that includes $7 billion for community health centers and a four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which will now receive funding for 10 years after a bill in January extended the program by six years.

“We are blessed by God first and then we are blessed by our supporters that stood right there with us and wouldn’t let us fall,” said Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, chief executive officer at Community Health Development Inc.

Gonzales-Hanson thanked CHDI patients, staff, community supporters, and local and national media, all of which she said were vital in encouraging lawmakers to make the right decision in regards to community health center funding.


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