05.09.16

Congresswoman Lee Announces $2 Million in Federal Funding for Two East Bay Community Health Centers

Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the health funding subcommittee, announced that Asian Health Services and Clinica de la Raza would receive $2 million in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund:

“I’d like to congratulate Asian Health Services and Clinica de la Raza for winning this funding to increase patient capacity and expand their primary and comprehensive care programs.  For years, these clinics have been national leaders in providing healthcare to underserved communities. This  funding will allow them to continue and expand these vital, lifesaving programs.

Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. I am pleased that this funding will expand access to quality care in our East Bay communities.

Throughout the East Bay and nation, community health centers are the cornerstone of healthy living and healthcare access. As a member of the health funding subcommittee, I’m committed to fighting for these resources that will make American families healthier, happier and stronger.

Unfortunately, Republican obstructionists in Congress are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its critical community health center funding provisions. Not only would community health center lost vital federal funding, but millions of Americans would lose access to high-quality healthcare simply because they are poor, have a pre-existing condition or their employer doesn’t offer healthcare coverage.

Instead of rolling back the Affordable Care Act, we should be expanding healthcare to the millions of Americans that are still uninsured.

As we work to ensure access to healthcare for all, I will keep fighting to secure this vital community health center funding for my constituents.”

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Democrat Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity.