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Rural health advocates urging lawmakers to take action on funding

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South Plains Rural Health Services is urging Congress to renew the Health Center Trust Fund.

That provides 70 percent of federal funding for community health centers.

Area leaders say after 120 days without funding health centers can't provide the level of care that patients are accustomed to.

One out of 12 Americans utilize community health centers for health care needs. In Texas alone, more that's more than 1.3 million patients served annually. 

"Health centers are vital to health and well being of people in their communities and to the nation as a whole," Dr. Judith Madura said. "Without continued funding, over 9 million patients are going to lose access to health care, 50,000 jobs will be lost, and over 3,000 health center sites are at risk of closing. At this time, we are urging lawmakers to take action and renew the funding for community health centers that is desperately needed.

Without funding, underserved communities across the state will be without affordable medical services nearby.

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