We need members of Congress to make sure they resolve Community Health Center funding BEFORE leaving for winter break.
Fixing the cliff is bigger than just Health Centers, it’s about access to health care…if you didn’t have access to health care could you work? Go to school? Take care of your children or parents? Remind Congress that access to quality primary and preventive health care at Health Centers must come first!
Here's how everyone can take action today and contact their members of Congress:
Call your member of Congress using the toll-free Advocacy Hotline 1-866-456-3949 .
Dial 1-866-456-3949, listen to the Health Center message prompt and enter your zip code to be connected to your Members of Congress. If you’ve already called and heard the message you may enter your zip code as soon as the message begins to skip ahead to Congressional selection.
The system will give you options for which Member of Congress to connect with – you may press option 1, 2 or 3, each corresponding to a different Member – make sure to choose option 3 to connect to your Representative.
Congressional Call Script – Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff
Hi, my name is _________, I’m calling as a __patient/board member/staff member, supporter____ of __Health Center Name__ in ___town____.
I’m calling today about the Health Center Funding Cliff -The Community Health Centers Fund expired on October 1 and as I understand, there is one last chance to fix the cliff before the end of the year.
My Health Center will have to take drastic measures/lay off XX staff/close XX sites/reduce services by XX to deal with this devastating 70% cut to our grant funds, not to mention the blow to our local economy and increase in health care costs as more patients in the community will turn to the emergency room for access.
There are literal lives and jobs at stake, and I am asking that Congress act immediately to attach a long-term fix to the Health Centers Funding Cliff to any year-end legislative vehicle.
Can I count on the Representative/Senator to take action to include Health Center funding in the end of the year package and ensure the cliff is fixed before the end of the year?
I’d like a clear commitment.
Thanks for taking my call – I’ll be watching closely to make sure the Congressman/woman/Senator takes action before the end of the year.Once you've contacted your representative, share this messages on your social media channels and ask your followers to call as well!