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Chamber Takes Action on Community Health Center Funding Cliff

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December 15, 2017
Community Health Centers serve as the primary medical home for 26 million people in America (that’s nearly 1 out of 12). From an infant getting her first well-baby checkup to a grandpa needing help managing his diabetes, community health centers are a safety net for medically underserved communities.

The problem is that 70% of federal funding for community health centers expired on September 30, 2017. Many centers have used the remaining balance of current grants to close the gap for service delivery, and if Congress fails to renew Community Health Center funding poste-haste, the effects will be felt across the country, including right here in Blue Heaven.

Piedmont Health, which has served the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community since 1970 and has ten health center locations throughout our region, is the primary care home to more than 42,000 people - that’s two Dean Dome’s full of neighbors in need of care. Further, Piedmont Health employs more than 500 staff, making it one of the largest non-profit employers in our area. Were Piedmont Health forced to cut services and staff due to the loss of Federal funding, it would be a community travesty. 

To that end, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce has urged the Congressional Delegation from NC, including US Representative David Price and US Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, to do everything in their power to fix this fiscal cliff and restore funding for community health centers as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the National Health Service Corps programs that are vital to the stability of Piedmont health and health centers nationally.

We invite you to review our letters to Price, Burr, and Tillis; learn more about community health centers; and make your voice heard