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Health centers worry about funding delay

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The Hill reports that Federally Qualified Health Centers are nervously making make contingency plans as they  wait to see if Congress will renew billions of dollars in federal funding that expired on Sept. 30.

The clinics  provide care to some 26 million of America’s most vulnerable people. They must treat  any patient who seeks care, regardless of whether they can pay.  The Feds cover 70 percent of their costs.

The Hill reports that some of the centers have imposed hiring freezes and are having  trouble recruiting and retaining employees.

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