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Community Health Center Funding

 
President Biden released his administration's FY 22 budget proposal last week. Learn more about what this meansfor community health centers: President Biden released his administration's FY 22 budget proposal last week. Learn more about what this means for community health centers: 
 
On May 28, 2021 President Biden released his administration's FY 22 budget proposal.The budget included a total reduction of $44.7M for community health center funding in FY 22 compared to FY 21.The budget reduced mandatory health center funding by $94.7M, bringing mandatory funding to $3.9B for FY 22. The budget also included a $50M increase in discretionary funding for community health centers, raising total discretionary funding to $1.73B.

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How is community health center funding structured?
Community health centers receive federal funding in two main forms: mandatory funding through the Community Health Center fund and discretionary funding through the annual appropriations process.

Mandatory funding through the Community Health Center fund was first authorized in FY 10 for 5 years and has been subsequently extended for shorter-term increments.1 The latest extension, passed in December of 2020, provided a three-year extension of level funding at $4B through FY 2023.2

Discretionary funding through the annual appropriations process has remained around $1.6 billion since FY 18.3 In FY 21, discretionary funding reached about $1.7B. For FY 22, NACHC, TPCA and community health centers across the country were advocating for an increase in discretionary funding to $2.2B. The President's proposal falls short of this goal but increases discretionary funding by about $50 million.
 
How You Can Help
The budget released by the President represents the administration's priorities and goals, but Congress retains control over much of the budget process and must pass spending bills. There is still time to advocate for community health center investments in FY 22. 
 
 
 
[1] "Federal Grant Funding". NACHC.Org. https://www.nachc.org/focus-areas/policy-matters/health-center-funding/federal-grant-funding/.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.