Washington, D.C.  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, along with Dr. John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Lizzy Fletcher (D-TX), introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps. 

The Strengthening Community Care Act of 2023 would reauthorize funding for Community Health Centers through 2028 and provide continued access to care for over 30 million Americans in rural and underserved communities, including over 250,000 patients in New York’s 21st District.

“I’m working to protect Community Health Centers that provide critical healthcare and preventative services for families across Upstate New York and the North Country,” Stefanik said. “In New York’s 21st District, our Community Health Centers serve over 250,000 patients and extending this funding is critical to serving the needs of our region.”

“For many years we have been fortunate to have bi-partisan support for Community Health Centers across this country. That support has dramatically improved access to care for millions of Americans, including tens of thousands across the 21st District. By extending our funding for five years, the Strengthening Community Care Act of 2023 will give health centers a more stable financial foundation, which allows for even more expansion of services and locations. We truly appreciate Representatives Joyce , Blunt Rochester, and Fletcher for leading this legislation, and for Congresswoman Stefanik’s unwavering support of community health centers not only in the 21st District, but across the country,” said Ray Babowicz, Director of Communications, Government Relations, and Marketing for Community Health Center of the North Country.

New York’s 21st District is home to five Community Health Centers: Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Mosaic Health, North Country Family Health Center, Inc., Schenectady Family Health, and United Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, Inc. 

Read full bill text here.