The U.S. House Appropriations Committee's plan to cut more than $1 billion in federal funding to community health centers across the country would mean that more than 30,000 patients in Maine would lose access to care.
Maine is home to 19 community health centers, most of which are in rural areas and, in some cases, provide the only access to a local doctor.
The Rev. Bob Carlson, president of the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA), says the loss of funding comes at a time when demand is at its highest for health-center services.
"Statewide, it would mean an implication of the loss of 3 million dollars out of the gate. We would have, in addition to that, a lost opportunity to provide access to care for a huge number of Maine people." Read more »