This letter was published in the Omaha World-Herald‘s Public Pulse section on February 5, 2018.
More than four months ago, Congress failed to extend funding for community health centers like Omaha’s OneWorld clinics.
Health centers rely on government funding to provide a comprehensive range of health care services for vulnerable populations, so Congress’ inaction is putting more than 84,000 patients, more than 1,000 jobs and 44 health center sites at risk in Nebraska.
OneWorld alone faces losing $4,359,626 in federal funds, and, if that happens, 40,000 underserved patients from Omaha and its surrounding communities will be at risk of losing access to the affordable health care services they need.
In response to the 70 percent funding cliff, OneWorld staff members and other health center advocates nationwide will wear red on Tuesday to express that Congress is running out of time.
By adding our voices to the national #RedAlert4CHCs movement on Tuesday, we hope to capture Congress’ attention and remind lawmakers that, without a fix to the health center funding cliff, patient lives are at stake.
On Tuesday, all health center advocates in the community can help us make our case by wearing red and contributing to the dialogue on social media using #RedAlert4CHCs and #FixTheCliff.
Andrea Skolkin, Omaha
Chief Executive Officer, OneWorld Community Health Centers