Community health centers battle for funding

PEORIA, Ill. - It's been more than a month since a crucial deadline passed to continue funding for community health centers. The nonprofit facilities deliver care to lower income residents and those who are uninsured.

On Friday, the House passed the Champion Act which would reauthorize funding for community health centers for two more years.

Back at home Heartland Health Services serves more than 20,000 people in Peoria and Tazewell Counties each year and hopes the act passes.

If the funding is not renewed Heartland stands to lose $1.7 million. CEO Charles Bandoin hopes to raise awareness on the issue.

“Contact you local legislators and this is an important thing on their agenda,” said Bandoin. He adds, “There is a lot of things going on in the world right now and healthcare seems to have taken a back seat but when this effects 27 million Americans I think it’s important for us to take a step back and address this as quickly as we can.”

Peoria's Health Center could lose its funding as early as February of 2018.

 


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