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Congress acts on critical safety net programs

The US House of Representatives voted this week 242-174 to advance H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act. This bill provides funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and various other health programs.

Specifically, it extends current funding for FQHCs ($3.6 billion) and National Health Service Corps ($310 million) for two years (fiscal year 2018-2019) and extends CHIP funding for five years (FY 2018-2022). It also boosts funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program to $126.5 million for two years.

Although HR 3922 provides funding for critical safety net programs, it also includes a $10.5 billion cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund as part of the offsets to pay for these other programs. The U.S. Senate still needs to act on the bill before it advances to the president.

Contact Lisa Davidson, vice president of advocacy and membership, if you have questions or would like more information.

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