GOP, protecting community health centers is good policy, tactics
Opinion Editorial - Former Governor Mike Leavitt (R-Utah)
October 6, 2017
Mike Leavitt (R), former Governor of Utah writes in support of extending funding for the Community Health Center Fund that provides 70% of funding to all health centers, including those in Idaho.
During his time as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President George W. Bush, Leavitt visited health centers across the country and counts them as "one of our nation's most evident example of American compassion".
Since its inception, the Community Health Center Fund has stabilized and expanded nonprofit health center clinics throughout the country, helped expand residency programs, facilitated the placement of healthcare professionals in underserved rural and urban communities through funding the National Health Service Corps, and supported efforts to improve the health of Americans.
Leavitt concludes, "For over 50 years, community health centers have served the nation's most vulnerable patients at a value to the American tax-payer. As one of the 10 most effective government programs, community health centers play an important role in improving quality and access to care for millions of Americans".
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