Federal Policy


Keep our community health centers alive and well!
OPCA Federal Policy Director
Laura Etherton
503-228-8852, x238

Health centers across the country have access to a total of $1.49 billion in discretionary federal funding in 2014.  Congress can preserve level discretionary funding of $1.49 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.  Also in FY2015, another $3.6 billion can become available to health centers through the Affordable Care Act's mandatory Health Center Fund.  That would mean a total of $5.1 billion in health center funding for FY2015, with no new appropriations required.

The Opportunity With full access to available funding in FY 2015, health centers could increase access to care for up to 11 million new patients nationwide.


The Good News

In June, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies approved our request for $5.1 billion in FY2015 funding for health centers.  That's a great start!

If the subcommittee's bill becomes law, health centers will be able to expand their capacity.

You Can Help with Just One Call

Make sure the subcommittee's bill becomes law.  Let your members of Congress know that health centers must be funded.  Tell them we need:

  1. Level discretionary funding for the federal health center program of $1.49 billion for FY 2015.
  2. A commitment to fully use the $3.6 billion available through the mandatory Health Center Fund by September 30, 2015.
Others Can Help, Too - Just Ask! Ask your local elected officials and community leaders to send support letters to your members of Congress! Every letter will help secure your future funding. Get letter templates and lots more info from the Campaign For America's Health Centers website.


Resources to help you:

Contact Senator Ron Wyden's office, Senator Jeff Merkley's office and the offices of your U.S. Representative.  Tell them that health centers must be saved!

Primary Care Cliff Funding Estimator:  Enter basic information about your health center's budget and patient numbers and estimate the impact of the primary care cliff on your health center. (MS Excel File)

Keep up to date on the most recent alerts regarding CHC funding by visiting this link.

Get your community involved!  Ask friends and family to sign up as health center advocates.






"Community health centers in Oregon are an important part of the effort to get America healthy."

--U.S. Senator Ron Wyden


  • Members of the U.S. Congress must visit their home districts once a month.
  • Hosting a clinic tour for your federal legislators during their "in-district days" is the #1 way to turn them into health center champions.
  • OPCA's Victoria Demchak can help you schedule tours and learn the ins and outs of working with federal legislators.  Let her know if you need OPCA's colorful, informative handouts to help tell the story of Oregon's health centers.