LATEST SENATOR KING
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of funding Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which provide vital health care services to rural communities. Seventy percent of federal funding for FQHCs expired on October 1st, threatening access to health care for tens of thousands of people in Maine.
“In Maine, we have 20 centers, and 70 facilities scattered all over our state and they are providing services every day to over 200,000 people,” said Senator King during his remarks. “They’ve saved Medicaid over $100 million in Maine. $257 million is the estimate for what they’ve saved the overall health care system [in Maine]… One in six people in Maine get their health care from FQHC’s. 210,000 people. They accept everybody that comes in the door, I’ve been to them all over the state…These are the rural health care providers for rural America. And it’s not only Maine, it’s across the country. 10,000 sites across the United States, 26 million patients at risk…"
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