Gillibrand pushes for continued funding for community health centers

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WASHINGTON – Congress has until December 20 to approve continued funding for community health centers and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Tuesday, called on lawmakers to approve the money.

Not only does she want the funding continued, but at a higher rate.

“I am requesting at least a 10 percent increase for the community health centers for five years and I hope Congress will also include $4.6 billion for capital projects, which would allow community health centers across the country to modernize their facilities and expand the scope that they offer,” she said.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare, headquartered in Newburgh, has facilities across the Hudson Valley and in Binghamton.

Gillibrand said without the continued funding, community health centers would lose 70 percent of their federal grant funding, forcing health centers to cut or scale back services they provide.