President’s FY2014 Budget Brings Health Center Funding to $3.8 Billion; New Funding Could Make Care Available to 5 Million Additional Patients
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the President released his FY2014 Budget. Under the proposal, the Health Centers program will receive a total programmatic level of nearly $3.8 billion for FY2014. This allocation represents a $700 million increase in funding over FY2013, funding previously appropriated in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This increase was intended to expand access to needed primary care services in underserved communities across the nation, and by supporting these funds in his budget, the President has reaffirmed the pressing need for these expansions.
"The President’s Budget recognizes the crucial role of Health Centers, and provides the opportunity to grow the capacity of Health Centers, right when it is needed most,” said Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers. “Health Centers across the country are already facing an overwhelming demand for services, and we know that the need will only continue to grow in the years ahead. We are pleased, and we look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to ensure that all FY2014 Health Center funding is directed toward improving access to primary care this year. At a time when 60 million Americans lack access to care, and when the nation is preparing to provide appropriate access to care for more than 30 million newly insured, Health Centers want to and stand ready to be an essential part of the vital transformation of the health care delivery system.”
Currently, Health Centers provide primary care services to more than 22 million patents. The $700 million increase proposed by the President for FY2014 could enable Health Centers to expand access to care to more than 5 million new patients. This funding could support new health centers in communities that currently lack primary care services and also much-needed expansions of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and other services at existing Health Centers, growing the patient capacity of these safety-net providers. Health Centers and NACHC stand ready to work with the Administration to assure the maximum contribution to improving our nation’s health.
Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which serve over 22 million people through over 9,000 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.