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The House has funded community health centers

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Washington, November 7, 2017 | comments

Last week, the House passed the Championing Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3922) with my support. This bipartisan bill provides for the funding of important public health programs such as:

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): CHIP provides health care for millions of low-income children. This safety net allows children to receive their health insurance through a state CHIP program instead of Medicaid or the Obamacare exchanges. The bill extends CHIP funding for five years and restores this historically successful federal-state partnership.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC): FQHCs are community-based health centers that give essential health services to people in need, regardless of ability to pay. One in thirteen people nationwide rely on health centers for care. The bill provides for a two-year extension of funding to FQHCs, which have served over 24 million patients and employed over 180,000 people.

Other Health Programs and assistance: This bill provides a 2-year extension for the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center for Graduate Medical Education, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. The bill also provides over $1 billion for Medicaid in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and abolishes $5 billion of reductions in funding to hospitals, currently written into law under the Affordable Care Act.

As you can see, the Championing Healthy Kids Act gives essential health services to some of the most vulnerable in our society and will ensure that it stays that way for several years. Public health is one of my top priorities as I serve you in Congress, and I am proud to see the House take action to fund these critical programs.

Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House.

It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.

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