As 2017 nears an end, one of the most important orders of health center business – and advocacy - remains unfinished. Congress has yet to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. The community health center program faces a 70% reduction of federal funding without Congressional action. Congress has one more chance before the end of the year to fix the cliff as part of a year-end package. Despite many claims of strong support for a fix, Congress is already making noise about yet another delay until after the first of the year. We can’t let that happen – we can’t let Congress get away with yet another delay!
Starting now, we must recommit to relentless advocacy to move Congress to act to fix the cliff as part of the year-end package. Congress has been claiming support and willingness to fix the cliff for weeks and months - the time for Congressional action is LONG overdue! No more delays, fix the cliff NOW!
- Get Ready for the first National Cliff Call-In Day – Thursday 12/14: Call your Members of Congress – 1-866-456-3949 - and ask for their commitment to act to fix the cliff before the end of the year – even if they’ve given you a commitment in the past, get their commitment again and let them know we reject anything but a fix to the cliff before the end of the year. NO MORE DELAYS! Use our script as a guide.
- Email your Members of Congress to demand inclusion of the Health Center cliff fix as part of the year end package.
- Post on social media about the urgent need for Congressional action to fix the cliff before the end of the year.
We are counting on our entire Health Center Advocacy Network to call their Members of Congress to demand immediate action and inclusion of our cliff fix in the year end package.
Check out our daily advocacy action plan. We need to flood Congressional offices with calls and emails, and plaster their Facebook and Twitter feeds with Health Center posts demanding action to fix the cliff before the end of the year!
Friday 12/15, Saturday 12/16 Social Media Blitz
Monday 12/18, Tuesday 12/19 & Wednesday 12/20: Social Media Alerts with Rotating Regional Call In Days
Thursday 12/21 & Friday 12/22: National Cliff Call-In Days
Congress has one more chance to make good on their promises of support to fix the cliff before the end of the year. We can’t let Congress get away with “just talk” - it’s time to hold them accountable and demand action before the end of the year! Your voice and the voices of thousands of Health Center Advocates back home is ultimately what will make a difference and compel Congress to act. Let’s close this year out right and push Congress to fix the cliff once and for all!