Congressman Upton Visits New Niles Community Health Center Facility

Cassopolis, MI, November 22, 2019 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) was honored to host a visit of the new Niles Community Health Center facility by Congressman Fred Upton on Friday, November 22nd, just two days after its Grand Opening.  His visit included a tour of the health center, during which he met with CFCN Chief Executive Officer, Mary Geegan Middleton and Board President, Robert Feldman to discuss the importance of the Community Health Center (CHC) program and extended funding to ensure health centers are able to continue to provide affordable healthcare access in the communities they serve.   The bill to extend Community Health Center program funding, originally given a deadline of September 30th, 2019, is now on its second Continuing Resolution (C.R.) which expires on December 21st.   “CHCs have always received overwhelming bi-partisan support.  As a supporter of the program, we are pushing to have the funding for CHCs reauthorized before the deadline to ensure the people of this community and others have access to quality healthcare,” said Upton.   If congress does not pass the C.R. by December 21st, CHC’s will enter 2020 with yet another C.R. that provides a short-term funding extension.  “We are asking for five years of extended funding, with increases over time to allow for growth for health centers and the essential programs they rely on, like the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Center program.  A five-year plan eliminates the uncertainty caused by year-to-year, and now month-to-month, renewals of this critical investment in access to care.  Short-term extensions do not work for small businesses, like CHCs, which strengthen communities and care for 29 million people across the country,” said Middleton.

CFCN, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides primary care, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, obstetrics and gynecology, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, along with most commercial insurances. With the uncertainty of the future of the Community Health Center program funding, CFCN finds it important for local and state representatives to see firsthand the impact Community Health Centers have on the communities they serve.  Congressman Upton expressed his appreciation for health centers and his confidence that CHCs currently and will continue to play a vital role in our community.

About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).