Letters to the Editor

Kristen Dubay: Keep CHCs open

In response to the Greensboro editorial “ Say yes, already, to Medicaid expansion” you reprinted Dec. 19: I would like to share that Community Health Centers across North Carolina are providing primary care for over 200,000 uninsured North Carolinians.

It’s heartbreaking to treat the primary care needs of patients and identify conditions requiring costly specialty care they cannot afford. With access to insurance coverage and the full range of health care services, individuals can lead healthier, more productive lives.

As the editorial highlighted, increasing insurance coverage would also benefit businesses across the state. Locally governed Community Health Centers serving the uninsured are one clear example.

Access to health insurance for uninsured patients would help providers through increased reimbursements for services and give Community Health Centers greater financial stability. In October 2015, up to 70 percent of Community Health Centers’ federal grant funding is set to expire.

Without insurance coverage for the uninsured, these organizations will struggle to maintain the same level of access to primary care services their patients need. So let’s increase access to health care for patients, ensure the viability of the local Community Health Centers and bolster the state and local economies. I concur: Say yes already!

Kristen Dubay