LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Thousands of uninsured Arkansans are currently in limbo, waiting to see if Congress approves funding for community health centers.
Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another shutdown of the federal government.
The Federally Qualified Health Centers program was not renewed in October, and unless Congress acts, money for clinics will run out on April 1.
LaShannon Spencer, CEO of Community Health Center of Arkansas, was in Washington this week, lobbying lawmakers for funding.
“When you start thinking about the impact of the funding in the future and the patients, it’s critical because of potential hiring freezes, layoffs, staff, reducing hours, or actually closing, and a delay in expansion of health centers,” she states.