The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is disappointed that the health care of 9 million children was caught in the political cross fire on Capitol Hill as Congress failed to pass a spending bill, resulting in the government shutdown.
It is unacceptable that children who desperately need access to health care throughout our nation were used as a political pawn by policy makers instead of working to ensure that funding for this critical program was allocated for the next 6 years. The NAFC encourages Congress to support a bill that includes the reauthorization of the CHIP program as soon as possible.
The NAFC urges Congress to come to a speedy compromise on a spending bill and ending the government shutdown, a bill which not only includes the reauthorization of CHIP funds but also fully funds our nation’s community health centers, who are important partners in the health care safety net. It is disheartening to see that these important programs which provide health care access to millions of medically underserved people across the country have been disregarded because of partisan politics.
No matter one’s political affiliations, our children’s and our country’s health needs to be a priority. It is time for Congress to stop putting politics over people.