For Danville Health Care Facility, A Federal Funding Waiting Game

10/11/17

By Denice Thibodeau, GoDanriver

Local medical services for low-income patients could take a huge hit if Congress does not restore funding to community health centers in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget currently being studied by legislators.

Currently fearing that hit is Piedmont Access to Health Services, which normally receives about $4.3 million per year in funding from the federal government for patients who do not have health insurance.

There is a proposed 70-percent cut in funding that would mean a loss of more than $3 million, and could translate into cuts in services, staff reductions and even closure of many community health centers across the country, according to statistics supplied by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

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