FY 2011 Federal Funding Bill

Final FY 2011 Federal Funding Bill has Good and Bad News for Community Health Centers.

As described in the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) analysis, the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget bill was not a victory for health centers, but also not as bad as it could have been. In the early stages of the debate, health centers were facing a $1.3 billion cut. This was moderated in the end to a cut that preserves current levels of health center funding - including services added through stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) New Access Points (NAP) and Increased Demand for Services (IDS) fundhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifs. But the cuts severely limit funding available for health center expansions, needed new services and planning for new health centers. Communities in San Francisco that need, but still do not have community health centers will likely have to wait for a while. In addition, the pace of health centers' planned contribution to health care reform by seeing 20 million new patients is likely slowed. And the budget process for FY 2012 is already looking grim - more on that later!