Community Health Center Leaders Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss Healthcare
March 30, 2017
As Congress continues to explore repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the value that Idaho’s non-profit health centers bring to local communities remains constant.
For over 50 years, community health centers have garnered strong bipartisan support and have been the bedrock of high quality, affordable and accessible primary healthcare for millions of Americans. Today, Idaho’s sixteen community health centers provide care to nearly 165,000 people, or 1 in 10 Idahoans.
Leaders from Idaho Primary Care Association and the state health centers traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with Idaho Congressional delegation to discuss the changing healthcare landscape and the important role of Idaho’s health centers in delivering high quality, affordable primary healthcare to thousands of Idahoans.
Senators Crapo and Risch, and Representative Simpson have been very supportive of health centers and the delegation appreciated the opportunity to thank them for their support and to encourage them to ensure that health centers remain strong.
As discussions of healthcare reform continue, the Idaho delegation asked their Members of Congress to support Idaho’s health centers by:
- Supporting fiscal year 2018 appropriations for health centers and extending the fund for five years.
- Maintaining patient access to a strong Medicaid program which is a critical program for health centers and their patients.
- Fully funding the National Health Service Corps by renewing funding levels necessary to provide scholarships and loan repayment to thousands more clinicians.
- Investing in Teaching Health Centers (THC) by providing necessary funding to preserve current programs and put the THC model on a path to long-term sustainability and growth. This includes ensuring a sufficient per-resident amount so that true costs of residency training are fully addressed.
In 2015, Idaho's Community Health Centers:
- Served 164,591 patients
- Provided healthcare to nearly 1 in 10 Idahoans
- Had a statewide reach of 72 clinic sites in 50 communities
- Primary health services were available on a sliding fee
- Delivered primary medical, dental & behavioral health
- Were leaders in patient centered medical home model of healthcare delivery