On Friday, December 18, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $1.15 trillion financial package for FY16 that includes $1.5 billion for the Health Center Program. This allocation, when combined with the the $3.6 billion in mandatory funding provided earlier this year through H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), represents a total funding level of $5.1 billion for the Health Center Program in FY16. The legislation specifies that no less than $150 million of these funds be spent on construction and capital improvements and no less than $200 million be spent on expansions of health center capacity, including new delivery sites and additional services such as oral and behavioral health. These funding levels are consistent with NACHC’s requests and are representative of the full Health Center Program “ask” for 2016.
To read NACHC’s statement on the FY16 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation, click here.