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NEW BUSH BUDGET INCREASES COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FUNDING; CHC'S PROVEN PART OF HEALTH CARE SOLUTION

 NEW BUSH BUDGET INCREASES COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FUNDING;
 CHC'S PROVEN PART OF HEALTH CARE SOLUTION
 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bush administration's FY 1993 budget proposes expanding the nation's community and migrant health centers, increasing funding by $90 million, or 15 percent. In his State of the Union address, the president voiced support for community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs), recognizing their vital role in meeting America's growing health care needs.
 "We applaud the president's call for expansion of community health centers," said Thomas Van Coverden, executive director of the National Association of Community Health Centers. "This is an urgently needed first step to alleviate the crisis of the uninsured and unprotected."
 The Bush administration's request for $90 million in additional funds will allow health centers to serve 1 million more Americans next year. Five hundred and fifty health centers currently provide basic health services to 6 million people in 50 states through more than 1,400 local clinics.
 Van Coverden stated: "The president's request marks a major forward step in getting health care to more Americans who need it -- either because they can't afford the cost, they don't have insurance coverage, or they live in areas with too few doctors. At the same time, it is important to recognize that, even with the proposed increase, health centers will be able to serve less than one out of every four Americans in need.
 "In addition to addressing the complex issues of health care financing, we must develop an effective delivery system to ensure health care access and contain costs. Health centers through strong programs of prevention and management not only reduce health care expenditures but save lives and taxpayers' dollars."
 Van Coverden continued, "With minimal federal investment, communities have proven they can take charge in meeting and managing cost-effective health care."
 The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for improved health care for medically underserved populations in the United States, and to further the interests of community and migrant health centers.
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