Travis County health care leaders on Wednesday called on Congress to extend funding for community health centers, hours before bipartisan Senate leaders unveiled a plan that would do just that.
The plan comes as Congress scrambles to pass a spending bill by Thursday to prevent the second government shutdown this year. The Senate deal includes two years of funding for the Community Health Center Fund.
“I can unequivocally say that this is probably the most challenging funding period that we’ve ever faced as health centers,” said Jaeson Fournier, CEO of CommUnityCare Health Centers, at a press conference Wednesday. “Unfortunately, I think community health centers are just subject to the goings on currently within Congress.”