Late last night, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2 (92 – 8). The House had previously passed the bill with bipartisan support and it will soon be signed into law by President Obama. The bill includes $7.2 billion in mandatory funding for the Health Centers Program, as well as continued funding for the National Health Service Corp (NHSC) and Teaching Health Centers (THC) for two years. Passage of this bill means access to care is now protected for 28 million people CHCs are projected to serve throughout the nation by next year!
Thank you to all the patients, staff, and advocates who made visits, calls and sent letters and emails. You, and thousands of Health Center Advocates made this victory a reality.