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Statement: NWRPCA Expresses Concerns Regarding the H.R.3922 Championing Healthy Kids Act

Monday, November 20, 2017  
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Today, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) joins our colleagues and partners in public health in expressing great concern regarding the recent House passage of H.R.3922 Championing Healthy Kids Act. NWRPCA recognizes and appreciates efforts in the House to continue funding for essential health care programs, including community health centers and CHIP. However, we are concerned that the mechanism for paying for these programs will come at the expense of necessary public health programs.

We urge the Senate to find a new way to fund community health centers (CHCs) that provides a sustainable solution to the funding cliff without doing so at the expense of crucial public health programs via the Prevention and Public Health Fund. If this bill becomes law, the Prevention and Public Health Fund (12% of the CDC’s budget) would be cut by $6.35 billion during FY19-26. It is paramount that Congress pass a bill that funds CHCs, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) programs without doing so at the expense of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

The past several years have seen tremendous gains in health care reform efforts that advance the Triple Aim. These include, among others, expanded insurance coverage, increased awareness and focus on addressing the social determinants of health, and value-based payment. These gains would not have happened without strong partnerships in health care and public health working hand-in-hand to address the health and health care concerns of the nation. 

“We need health care programs like community health centers and CHIP to assure access to urgently needed health care services to the underserved,” states Bruce Gray, CEO of NWRPCA. “We also need a strong public health infrastructure that promotes and protects the health of all individuals and communities.”

We strongly urge the Senate to reconsider this bill and propose a new, long-term bipartisan solution that continues funding for community health centers and CHIP, but does not do so at the expense of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. 

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For more information, contact Seth Doyle at 206-519-5054.

 

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