SIU Center for Family Medicine Recognizes Rodney Davis for Support of Health Centers Nationwide
Earlier this month, the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Centers for Family Medicine and the Health Center Advocacy Network recognized U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) for his “continued support of SIU Center for Family Medicine and health centers across the country.”
“Community Health Centers and other health care providers are on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Davis. “That’s why I joined a near-unanimous and bipartisan group of lawmakers in supporting historic relief for hospitals and health care providers, but more needs to be done. We need to do everything we can to make sure all providers and front line health care workers have all of the resources and support they need to get our nation through this pandemic. I’d like to thank the SIU Centers for Family Medicine and other community health centers around central and southwestern Illinois for the vital work they do protecting public health.”
This Congress, Rep. Davis has worked with lawmakers from both parties and supported legislation to increase support for health care centers and providers, protect frontline health care workers like nurses from furloughs, and ensure out-of-work Americans have access to health care coverage:
Making critical investments in hospitals and health care providers nationwide
H.R. 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Among other things, establishes the Provider Relief Fund, which distributes $175 billion to hospitals and healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.
Protecting nurses from being furloughed
H.R. 6809 – Nurse Workforce Protection Act - Prohibits health care providers from receiving Provider Relief funds if the provider has laid off, furloughed, cut hours/pay, or forced nurses to take paid/unpaid leave.
Ensuring out-of-work Americans have access to health care
H.R. 6810 – Health Care Protection Act - Provides a COBRA subsidy for out-of-work Americans so that individuals pay the same amount for COBRA coverage as they did for employer-sponsored health insurance. Additionally, it creates a 30-day special enrollment period on the ACA exchanges for individuals without health insurance.
According to their Facebook page, the Health Center Advocacy Network supports health centers in securing resources in order to thrive and care for all those in need in our communities through advocacy.