Health Centers

"Community health centers provide quality primary care at a significant savings for millions of Americans, but 60 million Americans still lack meaningful access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs," wrote Senator Bernie Sanders and House Majority Whip James Clyburn in an opinion article for Politico. "Today, support for the successful Federally Qualified Health Center program cuts across party lines. The program was significantly expande

"Community health centers provide quality primary care at a significant savings for millions of Americans, but 60 million Americans still lack meaningful access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs," wrote Senator Bernie Sanders and House Majority Whip James Clyburn in an opinion article for Politico. "Today, support for the successful Federally Qualified Health Center program cuts across party lines. The program was significantly expanded under President George W. Bush, but we can do much better. One person who agrees with us is President-elect Barack Obama, who last year cosponsored a bill in the Senate to significantly expand the program." Sen. Sanders and Rep. Clyburn have been among the most active supporters in Congress of the highly effective and highly efficient community health center program. Today, community health centers provide primary medical care to 18 million Americans in underserved rural areas and inner cities. No patient who walks into a community health center is turned away because he or she lacks payment.

To read the Sanders and Clyburn op-ed, click here.

To watch video of Sen. Sanders discussing the health care crisis in America on his YouTube channel, click here.

To watch the senator discuss health centers with former Sen. Tom Daschle at a health committee hearing regarding Daschle's nomination to the Obama administration, click here.

To read about Sen. Sanders legislation, click here.