Federal funding for community health centers set to expire Sept. 30

Community health centers across the U.S. could see significant federal funding cuts, according to a MTN News report published by KRTV.

The community health centers received millions of dollars in federal grant funding under the ACA, the report notes. However, that funding it set to expire at the end of this month.

If this funding is lost, some advocates say a "funding cliff" would result, according to the report. MTN News cites a nationwide estimate that shows 2,800 sites could be forced to close and 50,000 people could lose their jobs if that happens.

But U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is at least one lawmaker fighting to keep the funding. Mr. Daines provided a statement to MTN News: "We are already hearing of the disruptive effects of the uncertainty created by the impending funding cliff on health center operations. This disruption will increase significantly without an extension of funding by Sept. 30."

The community health center funding issue comes up as lawmakers are in session and focused on other issues such as the latest Republican bill to repeal and replace the ACA.

 

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