(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) and more than 120 colleagues in sending a letter to House leadership asking for critical funding for community health centers (CHCs) in the next COVID-19 response package, ensuring that our nation’s CHCs can continue to provide life-saving care throughout this crisis.
The Members wrote: “CHCs need urgent financial support to keep their doors open, meet the demands of this public health emergency, and ensure long-term stability to deliver reliable, essential health care to communities across America. Due to this critical need, we urge you to include $7.6 billion in direct emergency funding for CHCs in the next COVID-19 relief package. This funding should have the flexibility to be used for detection, prevention, and diagnosis of COVID-19, stabilizing essential health services, and addressing revenue losses to help CHCs keep their doors open during this crisis. This funding should be made available immediately upon the next package’s enactment and distributed efficiently to CHCs across the country. Any delay in this funding would have serious consequences, endangering the lives of patients and health care workers.”
The full text of the letter can be found below and here.