Rural health advocates urging lawmakers to take action on fundin

Rural health advocates urging lawmakers to take action on funding

Posted: Updated:

South Plains Rural Health Services is urging Congress to renew the Health Center Trust Fund.

That provides 70 percent of federal funding for community health centers.

Area leaders say after 120 days without funding health centers can't provide the level of care that patients are accustomed to.

One out of 12 Americans utilize community health centers for health care needs. In Texas alone, more that's more than 1.3 million patients served annually. 

"Health centers are vital to health and well being of people in their communities and to the nation as a whole," Dr. Judith Madura said. "Without continued funding, over 9 million patients are going to lose access to health care, 50,000 jobs will be lost, and over 3,000 health center sites are at risk of closing. At this time, we are urging lawmakers to take action and renew the funding for community health centers that is desperately needed.

Without funding, underserved communities across the state will be without affordable medical services nearby.
 

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Report: Kansas to hire Les Miles

    Report: Kansas to hire Les Miles

    Kansas is close to finalizing a deal to hire Les Miles as its next football coach, according to Sports Illustrated.

    Kansas is close to finalizing a deal to hire Les Miles as its next football coach, according to Sports Illustrated.

  • Officials try to account for hundreds missing in fire's wake

    Officials try to account for hundreds missing in fire's wake

    Friday, November 16 2018 12:50 AM EST2018-11-16 05:50:50 GMT
    Friday, November 16 2018 4:53 PM EST2018-11-16 21:53:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Noah Berger). Denise Chester, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Chester, who doesn't want to know yet whether her h...(AP Photo/Noah Berger). Denise Chester, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Chester, who doesn't want to know yet whether her h...
    At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing.
    At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing.
  • Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe

    Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe

    Friday, November 16 2018 1:10 PM EST2018-11-16 18:10:19 GMT
    Friday, November 16 2018 4:52 PM EST2018-11-16 21:52:55 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). President Donald Trump acknowledges applause as speaks during a conference supporting veterans and military families through partnership at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washingto...(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). President Donald Trump acknowledges applause as speaks during a conference supporting veterans and military families through partnership at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washingto...
    President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller; Hasn't yet submitted them.
    President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller; Hasn't yet submitted them.
Powered by Frankly