Community Health Centers
August 11, 2008
Primary health care for all Americans who need it is the goal of legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders. "We're definitely extremely excited about it. Senator Sanders is a huge supporter of the health centers. We're extremely grateful for that. Both here and Vermont and nationally, he has really set an extraordinary bar that has helped bring a lot of new resources to health centers," Hunt Blair, director of public policy for the Bi-State Primary Care Association, told Vermont Public Radio on Monday. Legislation to expand a successful and cost-effective community health center program has been introduced by Sanders, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, health committee Chairman Edward M. Kennedy and other key senators. The Access for All America Act would provide primary health care for all Americans at a significant savings. The measure also would address a critical shortage of primary care physicians by encouraging more students to enter medical professions.
Under Sanders' measure, a Federally Qualified Health Centers program would be expanded to serve the 56 million Americans living in areas that lack adequate services. It also would allow private doctors to serve more of the nation's low-income and uninsured population. Already a success in Vermont and many other states, the centers serve patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and the uninsured.
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