This message is adapted from one from our colleagues at California Health Plus Advocates.
Late last night, President Donald Trump signed a three-week continuing resolution (CR), signaling the end of a partial government shutdown that briefly closed some agency operations over the weekend and yesterday. The Senate passed the CR with an 81-18 vote, and the House approved the measure 266-150 shortly after.
While the CR included a 6-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the CR did not address Health Center funding, the National Health Service Corps funding or Teaching Health Center funding. House and Senate leadership have repeatedly spoken of their commitment to funding health centers, but they have still not acted on that commitment.
The CR expires on February 8, meaning that as of today, we have 3 weeks to let our Members of Congress know they cannot sit idle, and that they must fix the cliff. Our message to our representatives has not changed and it’s quite simple:
Funding CHIP without funding health centers is providing coverage without providing access to care. Congress must reauthorize health center funding immediately.
- Click here to sign the petition
- Call your Members of Congress, 1-866-456-3949 and use the simple message above
- Post on social media: Be sure to tag your representatives
- .[@Representative] funding #CHIP w/o funding #health centers does not work. People need coverage AND access to health care! Please #FixtheCliff and reauthorize health center funding! #ValueCHCs