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Opinion: Looming health care crisis can be avoided by restoring funds to community health centers

Mollie Melbourne
Mollie Melbourne

Mollie Melbourne is acting chief executive officer of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, which is based in Cheshire and represents the state’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

There is a brewing health care crisis in Connecticut, and it involves the state’s poorest and most vulnerable population of people. The good news is there is still time to solve it.

Despite Connecticut being the richest state in the country, there are still hundreds of thousands of people here who live at or below the poverty line. These are working people, people who do their best to support themselves and their families but who still depend on the basic core safety net of services provided by the state of Connecticut.

For most of this population, there is only one place to turn for health care services — Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). There are 16 FQHCs throughout Connecticut — also known as community health centers — providing primary care, dental care, and behavioral health care services to roughly 10 percent of Connecticut’s population, or more than 350,000 people last year. The mission and mandate of FQHCs is as simple as it is critical — to provide healthcare services to everyone who needs them, even those who can’t afford to pay.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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One response to “Opinion: Looming health care crisis can be avoided by restoring funds to community health centers”

  1. Our health care centers must be well funded just like others as these are places where people can seek help easily. It must be able to accommodate different patient complaints.

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