CHIP, Vital Programs Must Be First on January To-Do List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“Yesterday’s continuing resolution prevents a government shutdown and provides a short-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, community health centers, teaching health centers and the National Health Service Corps. But this provides only a brief reprieve for the families who depend on CHIP, the under-insured and uninsured Americans, and the medical training programs that are vital to the future of our primary care physician workforce.

“Long-term reauthorization and support for all of these programs is an absolute necessity.

“CHIP and community health centers are essential to ensuring our most vulnerable families can get the health care they need. Teaching health centers and the NHSC scholarship and medical school loan repayment programs build the primary care physician workforce and bring medical care to Americans living in rural and underserved areas.

“Congress must return to Washington in January and immediately begin the work of passing funding legislation that ensures financial stability of all of these programs.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

 

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