A new analysis underscores the serious consequences for patients, communities and health centers if the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) is not extended. The CHCF accounts for 72 percent of all federal grant funding received by health centers, providing a crucial source of funding that allows community health centers to serve patients without health insurance, and to provide care not covered by public or private insurance, such as dental care for adults.
This report and analysis, based on a survey of community health centers fielded from May-July 2019, finds that community health centers are likely to lay off staff, close clinic sites, and reduce or eliminate services if Congress fails to extend this critical source of funding by September 30.
The report was produced by researchers at the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Additional funding support was provided by the RCHN Community Health Foundation.