Harbor on the Hill: The View from the Cliff

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By: Kathryn M. Audette, MSW

On January 1, 2013 as we welcomed in the New Year, Congress was hard at work passing into law HR 8 – The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

The passing and signing of this Act by President Obama represented a short term, partial resolution to the impending fiscal cliff and delayed cuts to spending known as sequestration for two months.

What does this mean for Harbor Health Services, Inc.?

In February and March Congress will need to address sequestration, the debt ceiling and many other contentious budgetary issues that will all put Harbor Health at risks for devastating cuts. Cuts to programs like Medicaid and the Women, Infant and Children nutrition program (WIC) could significantly compromise our ability to provide high quality care and services to those who need them most.

The best defense that Harbor Health has against these cuts is a strong group of advocates who are willing to stand with us, make phone calls and send emails to their elected officials in Congress urging them to support our health centers and other programs and services.

If you are interested in becoming a Harbor Health advocate please email Kate Audette, Senior Policy Analyst at kaudette@hhsi.us with the word “advocacy” in the subject line. You will then be signed up for our email action alerts and able to stay up to date on the latest information from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill and how it impacts Harbor Health Services, our employees, patients and community.

Ms. Audette is the Senior Policy Analyst for Harbor Health Services, Inc. She holds a Master of Social Work from Salem State University and has been with HHSI since 2010.

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