Community Health Development Inc. staff is waiting for U.S. Congress to vote on a continuing resolution that includes temporary funding for the the Community Health Center Fund and six-year funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP.
In September of 2017, U.S. Congress let funding for both programs expire. The federal government released enough money through a temporary fix to keep both operating for a few months.
Approximately 436 Uvalde County children will lose health insurance if there is no long-term solution for CHIP.
CHDI, which employs over 100 people and serves more than 10,000 patients each year, also faces a bleak future without help from the Community Health Center Fund.
“We are holding back from recruiting additional physicians due to the uncertainty,” said Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, chief executive officer of CHDI. “The health center fund is still in limbo and this definitely hurts CHDI in that we cannot proceed with our strategic plan for the coming years at this time.”
The Community Health Center Fund was created by the Affordable Care Act, which set aside an additional $11 billion to create more community health centers and expand capacity at existing ones .
Constituents may contact U.S. Congressman Will Hurd at 202-225-4511; U.S. Senator John Cornyn, 202-224-2934; or U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, 202-224-5922.
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