NEWBURGH – Federal funding for community health centers across the Hudson Valley and nation has been extended now that Congress has approved and President Obama has signed legislation maintaining the current levels.
Without the extension, centers faced as much as 70 percent cuts in funding under the Medicare Access program.
For the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, headquartered in Newburgh, it means another two years of funding, said its president, Linda Muller.
“Our fight is not over continuing to make sure that Congress and the Senate understand the importance of safety net providers in our communities is paramount as we look forward to the coming years,” Muller said.
Senator Charles Schumer said the funds will increase access to primary care services by enabling the centers to hire new staff, stay open longer, and expand care areas like oral health and vision services.