PETITION TO OPPOSE CUTS IN FUNDING TO THE HEALTH CENTERS PROGRAM FOR FY 2016 AND URGE SUPPORT FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN HEALTH CENTERS
TO: United States Congress
America’s Health Centers like Lynn Community Health Center currently serve as the health care home for more than 22 million Americans, providing comprehensive primary and preventive care services. Lynn Community Health Center cares for more than 38,000 people through 14 sites. Not only are Health Centers affordable, they are also cost effective, saving the healthcare system $24 billion each year. Health Centers like Lynn Community Health Center provide care to all patients regardless of ability to pay. In more than 9,000 rural and urban communities nationwide, locally-controlled Health Centers are responsive to the individual needs of their communities, providing coordinated care, reducing health disparities, and improving patient outcomes. Today, one in every 15 people living in the United States depends on Health Center services.
America’s Health Centers play an important role in delivering care to many Americans and could be the health care home for many more, but unless Congress and the Administration act, funding for the Health Center program will be cut by 70%. A cut of this size would force Health Centers to close their doors, lay off staff, and reduce the services they provide, leaving millions of Americans without access to the health care services they need.
We, the undersigned, demand that Congress act immediately to stop these funding cuts and ensure that Health Centers can continue to meet the healthcare needs of millions of Americans including those in my community. We ask the Congress to provide not only the funding to preserve ongoing Health Center services but to also expand this cost effective model of care to every community – especially those that currently lack basic primary care services.