Hultgren Supports Bill to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his support for H.R. 3770, the Community Health Improvement, Modernization and Excellence Act of 2017. Community Health Centers are the primary care provider for more than 25 million Americans, and they offer comprehensive services including preventive, behavioral, dental, substance abuse, maternal and newborn care. If Congress does not act, the federal funding for community health centers will expire on September 30.
H.R. 3770 would extend federal financing of the Community Health Center Fund for an additional five years, including modest annual increases to address the growing need for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services.
“I have consistently and strongly supported funding for community health centers during my time in Congress, and this bill is necessary to allow these critically important care providers to keep serving their communities,” said Rep. Hultgren. “During my most recent visit to the Greater Elgin Family Care Center in northern Illinois, I learned that these facilities do not turn anyone away, despite late payments from the state. Community Health Centers offer the kind of preventive and comprehensive health care services other health centers do not, and I will continue to make them and the patients they serve a top priority.”