Bipartisan Budget Package with Health Center Funding: A Closer Look

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Last week Congress passed a bipartisan spending package that included an additional two years of funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. To add to the good news, we’re also happy to report that health center funding will increase by $600 million over the two year period; specifically, the Community Health Center Fund will increase from $3.6 billion per year to $3.8 billion in FY18 and $4.0 billion in FY19. For a more in-depth look at what was included in the spending package, please click here.

Advocacy Efforts Highly Effective in Push for Funding
The week of February 5th, TACHC staff along with community health center CEOs from critical districts headed to Washington DC. Additionally, TACHC convened a series of press conferences across the state, hosted by Hope Clinic in Houston; CommuniCare in San Antonio; Centro San Vicente in El Paso; Foremost Family Health Centers in Dallas; CommUnityCare in Austin; Brownsville Community Health Center in Brownsville; and South Plains Rural Health Services in Levelland. "Advocacy efforts at a local level on behalf of all our members and staff had a tremendous impact, commented TACHC Executive Director, José E. Camacho.

Media stories generated by the press conferences included: