TACHC, Centers Successfully Respond to Fiscal Cliff
Monday, March 5, 2018
TACHC Fiscal Cliff Response Summary
The following was achieved in the days leading up to the Feb. 8th continuing resolution (CR) deadline that needed to include federal Community Health Center (CHC) funding for CHCs in Texas and across the nation to continue operations.
Health Center Advocates nationally sent more than 225,000 emails, placed more than 35,000 phone calls, posted close to 15,000 messages on social media and held hundreds of in person meetings with their Members of Congress and Congressional Staff.
In Texas, Health Center Advocates made over 2,000 phone calls, sent thousands of emails, and took to social media wearing red and showing their support with the hashtag#RedAlert4CHCs. Health Center leaders met with their members of congress in Washington D.C. and in their district offices across Texas.
Press Conferences in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Brownsville, and Lubbock, which, along with advocacy lead to the following coverage
- Houston Chronicle:
- Houston CW39 TV: Funding for community health centers at risk
- The Paper: Lone Star Family Health Center Faces Federal Funding Cuts
- Conroe Patch: Medical Providers Face Federal Funding Cuts
- Bay City Tribune: Health Center Funding Cliff and Advocates Day
- The Dallas Morning News: Health centers that serve 1.3 million low-income Texans urge Congress to renew federal funding
- San Antonio:
- Fox 29: South Texas Medical Leaders Say Long-term Federal Funding Fix Needed
- ThinkProgress.com: ‘Red Alert’: Advocates take to Capitol Hill to demand funding for community health centers – any many more national stories
- Austin American-Statesman: Travis County community health centers urge Congress to extend funding
- Texas Tribune: Texas community health centers fear layoffs, closures without federal funding
- KUT Radio: Community Health Centers In Austin Worry About An End To Federal Funding
- Community Impact Newspaper: Central Health urges Congress to include funding for community health centers in federal budget proposal
- El Paso:
- El Paso Times: Health Center Funding Press Conference
- KFOX El Paso TV: Rural Community Health Centers at Risk After Losing Federal Funding
- ElPasoProud.com: Local clinic's plea to Congress
- The Brownsville Herald: Health center hinges on spending bill
- KRGV Rio Grande Valley TV: Federal Funding Indecision Affecting Valley Health Centers
- CBS 4 Valley TV: Local community health center anxiously awaits renewal of federal funding
- KVEO Valley TV: Local Health Clinics Worry About Future Funding
- Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Community health centers urge Congress for funding
- KAMC: Rural Community Health Centers at Risk After Losing Federal Funding
- Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Community health centers thankful for federal funding, hope for more
- Newburgh Gazette: Texans Urge Congress to Fund Community Health Clinics Now
The CR did include 2 years health center funding (with $200M increase first year, $400M increase second year), 2 years for National Health Service Corps which CHCs rely on, 2 years for teaching health centers, and 4 MORE years for CHIP (10 total since last continuing resolution). We still have to make sure health centers are included in the regular budget, as well as being considered in ongoing federal and state debates regarding Medicaid, value based and accountable care, women’s health and more, but this is huge relief and shows what a difference advocacy makes.