"Forcing people who came to this country seeking a better way of life to choose between getting the health care they need or pursuing a legal path to immigration flies in the face of the values upon which this country was founded. The administration’s final public charge rule does not trump Community Health Centers’ charge to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to anyone who needs it, regardless of their immigration status, whether or not they have insurance, or whether they can afford to pay. Despite the battle being waged against the 'huddled masses yearning to breathe free,' CHCANYS will continue to follow our mission and champion community-centered primary care in New York State FOR EVERYONE through leadership, advocacy, and support of Community Health Centers."
For more than 50 years, New York’s Community Health Centers have provided high-quality primary and preventive health care services to anyone, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. As we celebrate National Health Center Week, we are mindful of the fact that our means of providing these critical services is currently at risk.
CHCANYS is the voice for community-based primary care in New York, representing more than 70 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that operate nearly 800 individual sites in every region of the state, serving more than 2.2 million patients annually. CHCANYS offers a wide range of services to its members, including advocacy and policy analysis, training and education, clinical quality initiatives, workforce development, and health information technology.