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CHIME ACT and Community Health Centers Fund
The first bill, the Community Health Improvement, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, led by health center champions Senators Roy Blunt (R – MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D – MI), was introduced on January 10, 2019. This may sound familiar to advocates who worked with CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates and NACHC to secure health center funding last year, and we are so grateful to the sponsoring offices for the reintroduction of this piece of legislation as the 116th Congress begins!
The CHIME Act would provide reliable and dependable funding for the nation’s more than 1,400 health centers, extending the Community Health Centers Fund for an additional five years and increasing funding steadily over time to $5.0 billion in 2024. This legislation would also extend funding for the National Health Service Corps for an additional five years, helping bolster the primary care workforce in underserved areas of the country. To read NACHC's statement in support of the reintroduction of this bill, click here.
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Health Center Funding Cliff 101 Webinar (recording and slides)
Outreach to New Members of Congress
Do you have a new Member of Congress? Last month, NACHC released a New Member Toolkit that includes talking points, a template introductory email you can send, the 2019 Congressional calendar, and more to support your efforts. Download the toolkit below and get started on your outreach today!