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Posted: Tuesday, 22 July 2014 1:30PM

Loss Of Funding Could Close Michigan Community Health Centers



More than 700,000 Michiganders use their services, but community health centers across the state and nationwide are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, and there is concern for their future. The centers treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Kim Sibilsky is head of the Michigan Primary Care Association, she says the facilities have been expanded to meet added demands of the Affordable Care Act.

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There are 38 community health center organizations in Michigan which provide services at 260 sites.

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Unless Congress takes action to continue funding, Sibilsky says some would either have to close or eliminate services. National Association of Community Health Centers Chairman Dr. Gary Wiltz says funding loss would affect clinic operations.

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Nationally, the centers say the loss of funding would mean care for 7-million fewer patients by 2020.


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