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A Word From the CEO

Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO

Congress Fixes The Health Center Funding Cliff
Cassopolis, MI, February 13, 2018
By Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO

On behalf of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, and the nation’s nearly 1,400 health centers and the 27 million patients they serve, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for continued federal funding for the Community Health Center program that was included in the bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress this past weekend.

The last few months have been especially challenging, as Community Health Centers across the country faced a potential cut of 70% of their operational funding.  But hope was not lost, as Michigan’s Senator Debbie Stabenow boldly stood before her colleagues on a weekly basis with a large sign that counted the days it had been since Congress allowed the long-term funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers to expire.

Her leadership and unrelenting support, along with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), was critical in resolving this funding crisis.

Now, with the uncertainty around funding put to rest, health centers can return to focusing solely on what they do best – caring for their patients and the communities they serve.