April 09, 2020

Massachusetts Delegations Calls for $70 Billion for Community Health Centers

Warren Joins Kennedy, Mass. Delegation in raising concerns about underfunded health centers furloughing staff in Massachusetts

Text of Letter (PDF)

Boston, MA – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell to pass a minimum of nearly $70 billion in additional funding for community health centers (CHCs) over the next five years. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, CHCs in Massachusetts have begun to furlough staff members in order to continue operations and provide care to the vulnerable patients they serve.

“CHCs across the country continue to be at the forefront of this pandemic,” wrote the lawmakers. “To keep these centers solvent, there is an urgent need for an immediate infusion of emergency funding as well as continued support for their operational needs.

Last month, Senator Warren joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) and led 165 of their colleagues in asking House and Senate leaders to adequately fund community health centers during the coronavirus pandemic.