Stefanik Hosts Rally in Support of Community Health Centers at U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) hosted a rally and press conference at the U.S. Capitol with lawmakers and dozens of advocates from around the country in support of extending funding for Community Health Centers. Community Health Center funding expired on September 30, 2017. Click here to watch Congresswoman Stefanik’s remarks.
Congresswoman Stefanik is the author of the CHIME Act -- bipartisan legislation to extend the Community Health Centers Fund for five years. This legislation has 218 bipartisan cosponsors. On Friday, Congresswoman Stefanik led a group of 105 Republican House Members in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, urging him to include Community Health Center funding in any legislation that will be passing Congress and sent to the President. Following this effort, it was announced that the government funding bill being considered in the House today will include a two-year extension of Community Health Center Funding.
“At Hudson Headwaters Health Network, we take pride in delivering affordable, accessible and high-quality health care to all patients in Glens Falls and the surrounding regions. Without CHCF, we would have a much steeper hill to climb to ensure all of our patients have access to care, regardless of their economic means,” said Dr. Tucker Slingerland, chief executive officer of Hudson Headwaters. “We support the work Congresswoman Stefanik has done on this issue and are hopeful community health center funding is restored to contribute to the overall health of the communities we serve and beyond.”
In New York’s 21st District, Community Health Centers like Hudson Headwaters Health Network, North Country Family Health Center, and the Community Health Center of the North Country serve over 95,000 patients.