Coram, NY – On Friday, January 12, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) joined HRHCare President and CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon, and other representatives of HRHCare and the Community Health Center Association of New York State at the HRHCare Elsie Owens Health Center in Coram for a press conference to urge the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and full funding for community health centers. This press conference was held ahead of possible Congressional consideration of the programs’ funding.
“These essential programs provide millions of children, veterans and individuals with the health care services they need,” said Congressman Zeldin. “In New York alone, CHIP provides health insurance for 300,000 New York children, while nearly two million New Yorkers rely on Community Health Centers for their health care services. On behalf of the millions of New Yorkers who rely on CHIP and Community Health Centers, we must reach across the aisle and work together to preserve these vital programs.”
“Congressman Zeldin has been an important advocate for CHIP and community health center funding,” said HRHCare President and CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH. “We thank him for being with us today, and urge other members of Congress to help preserve this funding. All New Yorkers deserve access to affordable health care.”
“Community health centers gives everyone access to the preventive care they need,” said Dr. Nadia Arif, Medical Director of the HRHCare Elsie Owens Health Center. “Since CHIP, I have never had a parent refuse care for their child because of cost. These programs go hand-in-hand.”
In November, the House passed a five-year reauthorization of CHIP with bipartisan support, which the Senate failed to bring up for a vote. In December, Congressman Zeldin led a bipartisan delegation of New York Members urging the reauthorization of CHIP and full funding for Community Health Centers.
Founded over 40 years ago as a Federally Qualified Health Center, HRHCare Community Health is one of the nation’s largest community health providers. The HRHCare network of 28 health centers throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island provides affordable, accessible care to over 185,000 patients through more than 650,000 visits annually. Our more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for convenient, high-quality care for all.
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