Help Advocate for Our Health Centers and Programs

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Act now to prevent cuts in funding Harbor’s community health centers and WIC program!

Background:

Congress making decisions on federal spending that could mean significant cuts in funding for Harbor Health Services which would impact our ability to serve our patients.

Under the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, federal spending is going to be cut in the coming weeks; the question is how it will be done and what programs will suffer the most. Harbor Health Services and our state and national partners support a balanced deficit reduction plan to avert sequestration and provide critical funding for public health and human service programs like community health centers and the Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) nutritional program.

If Congress does not act to delay or replace the “sequester” (across the board cut to all programs in government) by March 1st, then community health centers face a potential loss of $115 million in funding, which translates into approximately 900,000 fewer patients served. Virtually all existing community health centers including those at Harbor could expect to see some impact on their federal funding if the sequester were to go through. WIC is scheduled to experience a 5.1% cut which will require WIC programs across the country to collectively cut 600,000 mothers and young child from the program and make dramatic changes to service delivery impacting program effectiveness and undermining improved health outcomes.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease! That is why Congress needs to hear NOW from as many staff and community members as possible! We must act to let Congress know we want them to protect our community health centers, WIC program and the patients we serve!

Action needed:

There are three quick and easy action steps that you can take to help protect funding for Harbor Community Health Center -Hyannis, the Neponset Health Center , the Ellen Jones Community Dental Center, the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and the Dorchester South WIC program.

1. Call the toll free Advocacy Hotline at 1-866-456-3949 and tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to STOP the Sequester (across the board cuts). Urge your Members of Congress to delay or replace the sequester as soon as possible and remind them that if they fail the funding cuts that will go into effect could have an immediate impact on Harbor Health Services’ community health centers and WIC program which collectively serve nearly 30,000 members of our community.

2. Email your members of Congress to let them know what’s at stake for our community health centers and the patients it serves if they fail to stop the sequester. Follow this link to send your message about community health centers now!

3. Email your members of Congress and ask them to protect WIC and avert sequestration! Follow this link to send your message about WIC now!

Completing all three of these actions will take you five minutes or less and will help make the voices of Harbor and our patients heard during these important budget negotiations. As always thank you for your advocacy and all that you do for Harbor Health and our patients!

Best,

Kathryn M. Audette, MSW
Senior Policy Analyst
Harbor Health Services, Inc.

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