Community Health Centers of Georgia Visit Capitol Hill, Present Woodall with Health Advocate Award
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) recently hosted doctors and staff from the Community Health Centers of Georgia to further discuss the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) throughout the state. Community health centers specialize in providing cost-effective and high-quality primary and preventive health care that annually saves the health care system $24 billion, largely due to their success in reducing the need for patients to seek care in costlier settings like emergency departments. The Seventh District is home to three FQHC organizations in multiple locations, which have leveraged $4.6 million in federal investments to serve more than 24,200 patients. They are a significant portion of the 35 FQHCs across the state that are providing care for over 405,000 patients – 42% of whom are uninsured. Care is provided to all patients at a sliding scale cost based on their financial resources.
Federal investments play an integral role in supporting the comprehensive and integrated range of health and social services they provide. It is model and mission strongly supported by Rep. Woodall, as he has voted repeatedly to reauthorize Community Health Centers. Most recently, Woodall joined those encouraging House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairman Tom Cole and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro to continue support for the program in FY2019. More than eight million children and over 330,000 veterans get their health care at Community Health Centers nationwide. In total, health centers now provide more than 104 million coordinated and integrated patient visits every year in all 50 states and almost every Congressional district.
“The role FQHCs play in our community and communities across the country is invaluable,” said Woodall. “They are a functioning example of what happens when you partner tremendously dedicated, competent medical professionals back home with federal policy that responsibly leverages hard-earned tax dollars, and does so while also emphasizing the need for patients to have financial skin in the game within their means. The result is an exponential return of better health and decreased health care costs.”
Dr. Brian Williams, who serves as CEO of Four Corners Primary Health Care Center in Gwinnett County - and has long been a driving force behind the success of Community Health Centers in the Seventh District - was among those in attendance. He underscored the importance of the community’s partnership with elected leaders in Washington, and recognized Woodall specifically with the 2018 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award.
“Rep. Woodall continues to be a strong ally in our mission to provide affordable, quality, and accessible health care to those in need in our community, and I’m very grateful for his support,” added Dr. Williams. “At a time when many struggle to find consistent access to care, Georgia’s Community Health Centers are filling a crucial void. On behalf of the Georgia Primary Care Association and the Community Health Centers in the 7th Congressional District, I commend Rep. Woodall for his commitment and partnership.”
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.