On December 16, 2014, Alliance Institute will host an informational webinar about the looming health center funding crisis. This is the first of several webinars focused on the topic that will focus on the gulf states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The National Association of Community Health Centers will co-host the webinars along with gulf state primary care associations.
In the United States, 62 million people – or nearly 20% of the population – lack access to primary care services. Community Health Centers seek to bridge this access gap by expanding services into underserved rural and urban areas for the uninsured and underinsured. Unfortunately, the Health Center Program is faced with a 70% reduction in funding at the start of fiscal year 2016 if Congress and the President fail to address what is known as the Health Center Funding Cliff.
The Health Center Funding Cliff could halt the expansion of services or worse yet, lead to the loss of existing primary care capacity. This could mean health center closures, layoffs of health center staff and most troublingly, less access to care for millions of Americans.
This webinar will explore some key aspects of this Health Center Funding Cliff including its potential impacts both nationally and in the especially vulnerable communities of the Gulf Coast. Furthermore, participants will learn about the role that clinics, community organizations, health professionals and community members can play in averting the potentially devastating effects of the Health Center Funding Cliff for health centers and the communities they serve.
America's Health Center Crisis: Fixing the Primary Care Cliff
December 16, 2014 - 11:00am CST
National Association of Community Health Care Centers
Amanda Pears Kelly, Director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement NACHC
Jana Blasi, MPAff, Associate Vice President of Public Policy and Research, NACHC
Kelli Dorsey, Community Engagement Specialist, Alliance Institute