Federal Policy


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

The federal Health Center Program is facing a 70 percent cut in funding at the start of fiscal year 2016. The CHC "funding cliff" is real, it is written in current law, and it will affect every health center in Oregon and nationwide.

The only way to fix the cliff is for Congress and President Obama to act to change the law and ensure that health centers continue to have the support and resources they need to provide care to their current patients and millions of others who still lack access to care.  Want to help?  Check the Access is the Answer website for information on the quick steps you can take today!


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.