Columbia Valley Community Health Fears Loss of Federal Funds

Official says adult dental and pharmacy services threatened

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Wenatchee, Wa.- An official with Columbia Valley Community Health expresses concerns about future loss of services if Federal funding is cut. Steve Hair reports . .

The Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) is a key source of funding for community health centers across the US. Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, it expired in September and has since been extended through the end of March. But its future remains uncertain under the current Trump administration. CVCH CEO, David Olsen tells NCWLIFE News that the Federal money accounts for 20 percent of the clinic’s annual funding totaling about 8 million dollars. But he stresses that the clinic is not threatened with closure if the funds are not forthcoming. Olsen says Washington’s Congressional delegation supports continued funding of the Health Center Fund and he plans to meet with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Congressman Dave Reichert when he travels to Washington DC next week

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.