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CHCs continue to require support from Congress during COVID-19

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Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) continues to deliver quality health care to patients in our community during the largest public health crisis of our lifetime. We must continue to stand united and stronger than ever to urge our Members of Congress to value our Community Health Centers (CHCs). Join us in telling Congress: Maintain CHCs as a top priority during negotiations to finalize a fourth stimulus package!

 

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced their respective stimulus package proposals which featured noticeable differences in priorities.

 

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package to provide financial relief to Americans including workers, CHCs and more. Highlights from the HEROES Act important to CHCs include:

 

  • • $7.6 billion emergency funding
  • • $75 billion for the National Testing and Contact Tracing Initiative, 
  • • An extension of the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to include non-profit organizations of any size with 25% of remaining funds set aside exclusively for non-profits.

 

Similarly the Senate Majority released the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, a $1 trillion financial relief package that includes:

 

  • • $7.6 billion in immediate emergency funding for CHCs
  • $100 billion – Health Care Provider Relief Fund
  • • Extended telehealth flexibilities for 5 years beyond the current Public Health Emergency Declaration
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Unfortunately, the HEALS Act does not expand the PPP to non-profits of any size.

 

Advocacy Opportunity

While Members of Congress continue their negotiations, we must stand collectively to urge Congress to value our community's health by urging them to fund the following programs in the next stimulus package:
• $7.6 billion – Emergency Funding for FQHCs
• $100 billion – Health Care Provider Relief Fund
• $75 billion – National Testing and Contact Tracing Initiative
• Expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program loans to include non-profit organizations of any size, with 25% of remaining funds set aside exclusively for non-profit organizations.

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