The National Association of Community Health Centers very happily reports:
“The Senate has passed H.R. 2, and the President has signed into law, the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This follows House passage by a vote of 392-37 last month. The law includes a 2 year extension of critical mandatory funding for Community Health Centers, as well as for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program.
“’America’s Health Centers and the more than 23 million patients they serve are extremely grateful that this bipartisan legislation recognizes and invests in the health center system of care’ said Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). ‘Health centers have been living under the uncertainty of the Primary Care Cliff, and, now that this legislation has passed, our dedicated clinicians and staff can get back to the daily work of providing high quality primary and preventive care to underserved patients and communities. In particular, health centers are grateful to the Congressional champions who led the fight to invest in the health center model and bring stability to federal funding.”’