NBC News featured L.A. Care CEO John Baackes in a piece about the months-long debate over federal spending that caused a government shutdown and is putting America's community health centers at risk. If Congress does not make a decision about funding community health centers, the clinics face a 70 percent cut that puts the health of 23 to 27 million Americans in danger.
That funding is really the only way those clinics can keep the doors open.
CEO, L.A. Care
Authorization of federal funds for community health centers expired last September as Congress could not agree on a spending deal. Clinics will run out of federal dollars next month, if the House and Senate cannot agree on a current two-year proposal that would keep the doors open for millions of low-income children and families.
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