Access to Care: Health Centers and Providers in Underserved Communities, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, January 29, 2019 [open pdf - 457KB]
This is the January 29, 2019 hearing on "Access to Care: Health Centers and Providers in Underserved Communities," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. From the opening statement of Lamar Alexander: "Today's topic, extending Federal funding for community health centers, as well as four other Federal health programs, all of which are set to expire at the end of the year--they fit into a larger topic, which is of great interest to this Committee, which is primary healthcare. [...] 27 million Americans receive their primary care and other services at community health centers. For example, in Lewis County, Tennessee, the hospital closed. The closest emergency room for 12,000 people was 30 minutes away, so the old hospital building became Lewis Health Center, a community health center which operates as something between a clinic and a hospital. [...] Community health centers like Lewis are one way American families can have access to affordable healthcare close to home, and this includes a wide range of healthcare, including preventive care, which we hear in every hearing is the most important care, helping to manage chronic conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, vaccines, prenatal care--there are about 1,400 federally funded health centers that provide outpatient care to approximately 27 million people, including 400,000 Tennesseans, and about 12,000 sites across the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dennis Freeman, John B. Waits, Andrea Anderson, and Thomas Trompeter.
S. Hrg. 116-276; Senate Hearing 116-276
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