There’s growing bipartisan support for a Health Center Funding Cliff Fix called the “CHIME Act” ( S. 1899 in the Senate and H.R. 3770 in the House). The Bill also addresses reauthorization of funding for the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education.

Community health centers rely on a combination of Medicaid payments and “330” grant revenues to keep their doors open. Because they also serve persons without any health insurance (on a sliding fee scale), they can’t rely solely on insurance claims to keep the doors open- which is why the 330 grant funding is so critical.

This new Bill (the CHIME Act) is better than the previously introduced called the CHAMPION Act– because the CHAMPION Act would have cut the Prevention & Public Health Fund by 57% (a cut of $6.35B over the next 10 years). 

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