A budget deal was reached on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., but the funding extension remains a concern for community health centers like the Open Door Health Center in Mankato who have high demand for services.
The White House says the Senate’s agreement to a two-year, nearly 400-million dollar budget deal would provide spending increases for domestic programs, which includes the healthcare sector.
Despite the news, CEO Doug Jaeger says the clinic hit a funding cliff back in September.
“Seventy-percent of our federal funds stopped coming. Which is about 26-percent of our overall budget. That was due to end for us at the end of March. So, we have been in critical conversations with our congress people to get them to reallocate our funding.”
Officials say the House version of the budget also includes domestic program funding.
The funding comes at a key time for the one in six people nationwide who utilize community health centers, like the Open Door Health Center.
“With clinics closing in rural communities and dental still not, for Medicaid patients, being accessible. We have more demand for our services today then we ever have. In this last year, we saw a 25-percent increase in the number of patients that we served.”
He adds that number could go skyrocketing even higher with the additional demand that is still out there.
If the Government funding is finalized, Jaeger says it will go a long way in helping serve residents that are not insured or under-insured.