Access Community Health Centers

Access Community Health's CEO Ken Loving is urging everyone to call or email his or her members of Congress to extend federal funding for the community health centers around the country.

"While there has been bipartisan momentum to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff, Congress still needs to act to sustain funding critical to continuing access to care for patients before the end of the month," he said in his latest plea urging action.

The end of the month, of course, is only four days away, which means that congressional action needs to happen now.

The issue is that the federal funding for grants to help the health centers do their work providing health care to low-income people expires at the end of September. If that happens, Access Community Health, one of 1,200 community health centers, would lose about 8 percent of its funding. That, according to Loving, would result into a major cutback in the number of people Access would be able to serve.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has joined 69 other senators to urge extending the funding. She pointed out that up to 9 million Americans could lose their access to care, including several hundred here in the Madison area.

Access has long been a model of providing not only health care to needy people, but drug and dental care as well at its clinics in Dane County and southwest Wisconsin.

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We join Loving in urging our readers to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to take quick action on this vital piece of legislation. Sen. Ron Johnson wasn't one of the 70 senators to urge quick action. Perhaps phone calls and emails can get him to join in. You can find his contact information here. Contact info for members of the House of Representatives is here. 

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