Clinic needs Congress to act soon

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Community Health Development can continue operating as usual through the end of March, but without swift action by the U.S. Congress the future of the Uvalde-based health care organization is in jeopardy.

Congress passed a short-term spending bill on Monday that included six years of provisions for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but to CHDI chief executive officer Rachel Gonzales-Hanson’s chagrin, community health care centers across the country were ignored.

The continuing resolution ended a three-day government shutdown and will fund the government through Feb. 8.

“We are glad they passed funding for CHIP but if those individuals that have CHIP can’t access their health center, what good is it?” asked Gonzales-Hanson.


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