The Community Health Investment Modernization Excellence Act which provides funding for community health centers lapsed back in September 2017 and did not meet its final deadline for approval. But funding was extended to provide the organizations depending on this bill, the monies needed until March of this year.
The bill currently is stuck in the Congress Health Subcommittee since September.
This funding is very important as over 9 Million including thousands of individuals from Maverick County and across the nation could possibly be left without preventive health care if Congress does not address the bill and put it up for a vote.
U.S Congressman Will Hurd and Senator John Cornyn have stated that they would be voting in favor of this law if it’s eventually put up for a vote
Senator Ted Cruz has not commented on what stance he would take.
The U.S. Congress allowed for the Community Health Investment Modernization Excellence Act to lapse as of September 30 and had until December 31, to set something in place but only extended funding until March of this year.
The health services for millions across the nation remains in jeopardy.
Locally, United Medical Centers (UMC) is looking at a decrease of approximately $3.5 million or 13.4 % of their $ 26 million annual budget. This devastating cut would decrease funding for vital preventive services that in turn would have severe direct and indirect consequences not only to UMC but the Maverick County Hospital District(MCHD) and Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers(FDRMC) as well.