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Kaptur: Protect Ohioans Health Care  

Cosponsors bill with more than 175 House Members to ensure community health center funding

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), last week cosponsored the Community Health Investment, Modernization and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation extends the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF) for five years, which supports Community Health Centers across the country and increases funds to ensure responsiveness to demand for care. The current funding expired on September 30, 2017.

“Just in Northern Ohio, Community Health Centers serve more than 55,000 patients. Congress must ensure that Ohioans continue to receive care,” said Kaptur. “This bill provides a responsible and steady stream of federal funding to make sure these health care centers keep their doors open for the people of Ohio.”

620,000 Ohioans now use Community Health Centers that rely on these funds. Additionally, Ohio’s community health centers employ 259 physicians, 253 nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, 101 dentists, 522 nurses and over 3,800 total staff positions in areas where qualified professionals are in short supply. The overall economic impact of the CHC system is estimated to be over $230 million in the state of Ohio. More on specifics on how community health centers help Ohio’s Ninth district here.

 
   
   


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Revised: 10/12/17 20:54:55 -0700.


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