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A Busy Year Ahead for Health Center Advocates Health center advocates nationwide are gearing up for a very busy year as the Health Centers Program faces one of the biggest threats in its history – the looming “funding cliff,” which represents a potential 70% reduction in funding at the end of FY15, when the five-year Health Center Fund mandated by the Affordable Care Act is due to expire. During a nationwide TeleForum on December 3, NACHC Policy and Advocacy staff provided advocates with the latest information on FY2014 appropriations negotiations and outlined plans for a number of new grassroots campaigns aimed at stopping the cliff, to launch early in the new year.
In the meantime:
Please continue to circulatehard copiesof the “Fix the Cliff” petition among your colleagues, staff, patients, friends, and family, and collect as many signatures as possible. Theonline petition remains active as well.
Reach out to your Members of Congress now and invite them to visit your health center when they are back in the district over the year-end holidays. Give them the opportunity to experience firsthand the positive impact that your center has on your community.
Now more than ever, the future of the Health Centers Program depends upon the strength of our commitment and our willingness to respond quickly when needed. Thank you for all you have done thus far, and all you will continue to do to fight for health centers in the weeks and months ahead.
Last Chance to Enter CHCANYS Poster Contest! The deadline for CHCANYS’ Poster Contest is quickly approaching! Advocates of all ages are encouraged to submit original drawings or photographs by December 20 that illustrate the positive ways in which health centers impact the communities they serve. Health centers are more than just organizations or buildings - they are the health care homes and family doctors to over a million New Yorkers, and they each have unique stories to tell. Take advantage of this fun opportunity to tell your health center’s story in a creative, visual way! The winning entry will be used to promote Advocacy Day in March and shared with elected officials and health center advocates statewide! Click herefor contest guidelines and submission instructions.
New York State Petition Drive Efforts Highlighted by NACHC In a recent Campaign for America’s Health Centers blog post, NACHC highlighted New York’s strong response to the “Fix the Cliff” petition drive. New York State ranked second in the nation during the month of October, with over 5,400 signatures collected!
While we should feel good about our accomplishments, our work is far from over! If the funding cliff is not addressed, the Health Center Fund will be cut by 70% - a reduction that will have serious consequences, including site closures, staff layoffs, and a drastic reduction in services. Please continue to circulatehard copiesof the petition among your colleagues, staff, patients, friends, and family, and collect as many signatures as possible. Theonline petitionremains active as well.
This petition drive is just the first of several important calls to action headed our way in the coming weeks, and it is critical for New York advocates to maintain the momentum we have built and respond forcefully toeach and every one of them! The future of the Health Centers Program depends upon the strength of our commitment and our willingness to respond quickly when needed. Thank you for all you have done thus far, and all you will continue to do to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to affordable, high-quality health care.