Queensbury, NY – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) toured West Mountain Health Services of Hudson Headwaters Health Network in Queensbury. After the tour, she was presented with the Distinguished Community Health Center Champion Award by the Community Health Center Association of New York State (CHCANYS) for her leadership funding Community Health Centers.
“I thank Dr. John Rugge for inviting me today and Rose Duhan of CHCANYS for this prestigious award,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Since arriving in Congress, I’ve met with Dr. Rugge numerous times here in Queensbury and in my Washington office to discuss the challenges facing Community Health Centers. I’ve also visited Hudson’s Warrensburg Center and attended their annual dinner in August of 2015.
“Our district is home to 3 Federally Qualified Health Center organizations – Hudson Headwaters Health Network, North Country Family Health Center, and the Community Health Center of the North Country -- with a total of 35 care delivery sites that serve over 95,000 patients. That’s why I was proud to lead the legislative effort to secure $7.8 billion in CHC funding nationwide.
“This Congress, I authored the bipartisan CHIME Act that has 219 cosponsors, a majority of the House. From there I led the effort to encourage House Leadership and House Committees to take up the bill. Working with a coalition of advocates, we ultimately were successful in including a 2-year extension in the FY18 government funding bill that was signed into law in March.
“I will continue to advocate on behalf of these critical health centers for our district, and I am pleased to announce that I will be serving as the Co-Chair of the Community Health Centers Caucus alongside Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX), Mike Capuano (D-MA), and Danny Davis (D-IL).”
- The Community Health Center Fund provides 70% of grant funding to the health center program and makes up on average, 20% of operation at the organization level.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projected that the national impact of the loss of funding (the “funding cliff”) would have closes 2,800 health center locations, eliminate more than 50,000 jobs, and result in loss of access to care for more than 9 million patients.
- Health centers serve 27 million people – that’s 1 in 12 Americans.
- CHCs provide access to high-quality primary and preventive care, while integrating behavioral health, dental, substance abuse and other critical services for their patients.
- Health Centers are a cost-effective provider of care, having been proven to save 24% in total Medicaid spending when compared to other providers.
- Total funding for the Health Centers program currently stands at $5.1 billion annually.
- Of this total, $3.6 billion comes from the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF), a dedicated source of funding that was extended for two years in 2015.
- 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.
- Congresswoman Stefanik successfully led the effort to secure CHCF funding for 2 years.