13 days remain until the Health Center Funding Cliff becomes a reality. If Congress fails to act to fix Health Center Funding Cliff – a 70% reduction to Program funding – 9 million patients that could lose access to care, 2,800 Health Center sites that could close, and more than 51,000 Health Center jobs that could be lost. We cannot afford to have Congressional inaction – literal lives are at stake!
Make Your Call Right Now
Demand that your members of Congress immediately fix the cliff
First: Select Your Senators and ask that they co-sign the Blunt-Stabenow Health Center Cliff Letter. If they have already signed (go to the HCAdvocacy site to view signers) – say THANK YOU and then demand that they take immediate action to fix the cliff!
Next: Select Your Representative and ask that they co-sponsor H.R. 3770, the CHIME Act – if they have already co-sponsored, say THANK YOU and then demand that they take immediate action to fix the cliff!
You’ll be prompted to enter your zip code and the system will give the option to select each of your Members of Congress. Make sure to call the Advocacy Hotline 3 times to connect to each Member of Congress!
Congressional Call Script – Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff
Hi, my name is [_____]. I’m calling as a [patient/board member/staff member, supporter] of [International Community Health Center in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. I’m extremely concerned that Congress still hasn’t taken action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. Without action by September 30th, the Health Center Program will lose 70% of Program funding – a devastating cut. The International Community Health Center and my community cannot afford to take this kind of hit; there are literal lives and jobs at stake. [Wait for response then hang up]
For Calls to your Representative: I’m asking Representative [_____] co-sponsor HR 3770, the CHIME Act, being led by Representative Stefanik. This bill calls for a 5 year extension to Health Center funding. Can I count on the Congress [man/woman] to co-sponsor? [Wait for response then hang up]
For Calls to your Senators: I’m asking Senator [_____] to co-sign the Blunt-Stabenow Health Center Cliff letter requesting action to fix the cliff before September 30th. The deadline to co-sign is September 18th. Can I count on the Senator to co-sign? [Wait for response]
Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today – I’m counting on the Senator to act to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff before the end of the month. [Wait for response then hang up]
Thank you to the National Association of Community Health Centers for taking the lead