A New Plan to Expand Health Care Access in America for People Who Can't Find a Doctor to Care for Them

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News
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WASHINGTON, March 10 On Wednesday, March 12, at 10:00 am, Representatives from Community Health Centers will brief Congressional staff on a bold new plan to bring primary health care services to 30 million people by the year 2015. The ACCESS for All America plan is being launched as 56 million people in urban and rural communities are struggling without basic access to health care. Many of these "medically disenfranchised" people in America have an insurance card, just no place to go for health care largely because of a growing lack of primary care doctors.

The Congressional staff briefing, hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and open to the media, will coincide with the release of a new report from NACHC and Capital Link, and Community Health Ventures, entitled ACCESS CAPITAL: New Opportunities for Meeting America's Primary Care Infrastructure Needs. The report will show how an innovative effort in health care infrastructure financing will help to launch the ACCESS plan that will help the estimated one in five Americans who can't find a doctor to care for them today, while generating up to $41 billion in cost savings to patients, communities, insurers, and taxpayers tomorrow. Release of the ACCESS plan comes as thousands of health center professionals from across the nation -- including clinicians, board members, and executives -- convene in Washington for the 2008 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum.

WHO: Anita Monoian, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA; James Luisi, North End Community Health Center , Boston, Massachusetts; Gary Wiltz, MD, Teche Action Clinic, Franklin, Louisiana; Dan Hawkins, NACHC.

WHAT: Congressional briefing, on the ACCESS for All America plan and the release of a new NACHC report, ACCESS CAPITAL: New Opportunities for Meeting America's Primary Care Infrastructure Needs.

WHEN: Wednesday March 12, 2008, 10: am, (doors open at 9:30 am)

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 608, U.S. Congress

Founded in 1970, NACHC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America's medically underserved and uninsured. In serving its mission, NACHC represents the nation's network of over 1,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve 17 million people through 6,300 sites located in all of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Capital Link is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting community health centers in planning and obtaining financing for their building and equipment projects. Since its inception in 1998, Capital Link has assisted health centers in leveraging $341 million in low-cost funding for 156 projects totaling nearly $472 million and worked with 29 State Primary Care Associations to obtain an additional $340 million for capital project grant and loan programs.

Community Health Ventures is the business development affiliate of (NACHC). Founded in 2000, Community Health Ventures was created under the direction of health center leadership and tasked with creating workable solutions to the tremendous economic pressures facing today's health centers.

CONTACT: Amy Simmons, 202-309-0338, 301-347-0476

SOURCE National Association of Community Health Centers

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