In Matthew 25, we are told that when we are in Christ’s presence once again, we will be judged for our treatment of the poor, sick, and needy. Currently, as a nation, we are failing at this sacred charge.
On September 30th, three vital programs had their funding precipitously cut: The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Teaching Health Center for Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME, commonly called the “community health center program”), and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which offers loan forgiveness to primary care physicians who work in underserved and impoverished areas.
Currently, the US is experiencing a serious primary care physician shortage—one that is predicted to become much, much worse over the next decade. By 2026, we will be short nearly 100,000 doctors. This is a shortage we will likely all feel, but those who will suffer the most will be the poor and the marginalized, especially pregnant women and children. Already, community health centers all over the country are closing due to lack of funding and lack of physicians. If THCGME and NHSC are not renewed quickly, this situation will get even worse.
Likewise, many states are already beginning to run out of funding for CHIP, and many more will run out by the end of the year, leaving nearly 9 million children (and a small number of disabled adults) without any insurance.
Each of these programs are long-running, popular, bipartisan programs. Each of them are absolutely crucial to ensuring the healthcare infrastructure of our country. Each of them MUST be re-funded as quickly as humanly possible.
Here’s how we do it!
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