The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) issues the following statement announcing an 1098-organization sign-on letter urging Congress to reject any full-year continuing resolution that would result in cuts to non-defense discretionary programs and adopt the bipartisan Senate funding framework for the Fiscal Year 2024 spending agreement.

The Coalition for Health Funding, of which ACU is a member, sent a letter to Congressional leadership signed by 1098 local, state, and national organizations calling on Congress to reject a full-year CR that would result in cuts to non-defense discretionary programs and adopt the bipartisan Senate funding framework as a starting point for FY24.

Americans deserve a strong and resilient public health infrastructure that is adequately funded to protect and promote their health. Slashing federal programs for public health, biomedical research, and other health expenditures by over nine percent via a continuing resolution that would trigger caps or sequestration will significantly harm these programs, inhibiting access to critical public health programs and delaying or eliminating funding for much needed new treatments and cures. The National Health Service Corps, which has enabled more than 20,000 clinicians to provide care to over 23 million people, is amongst the programs that would be jeopardized by these cuts.

ACU, along with nearly 1,100 partners, urges policymakers to work together using the bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee funding levels that ensure foundational programs keep up with both rising costs and the need for investment in programs important to fostering economic growth and meeting human needs.

Tell Us Your Health Center’s NHSC Impact Story

Help us emphasize to Congress the impact of the NHSC on the lives of individuals and families living in medically underserved communities. Please share with us how important the NHSC is to your health center and the implications of funding cuts from a full-year CR by emailing ACU’s Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy Jordan Marshall. We need your help informing Congress how vital the NHSC is for providing healthcare access to their constituents! Congress must stay focused on passing a bipartisan spending agreement by Jan. 19.

Stay tuned for further updates, become an ACU Advocate, and encourage all of your colleagues to do so as well.

Jordan Marshall, Your ACU Advocacy Contact

Jordan Marshall, Deputy Director of Policy & AdvocacyJordan Marshall is leading ACU’s grassroots advocacy to secure long-term funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Contact Jordan with any questions regarding policy analysis or if ACU can be of assistance with your own organizational or individual advocacy.