Sen. Baldwin urges more funding for community health centers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - For U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), the top priorities on the 2018 agenda relate to health care, including the Child Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Cropped Photo: Courtesy: Pennsylvania Department of Health

It provided health insurance for 9 million children in low-income families, with the federal government picking up most of the cost.

Congress allowed the funding to expire on September 30, leaving states scrambling to find a solution.

Sen. Baldwin visited downtown Green Bay's NEW Community Clinic, where she talked about her urging Congress to reauthorize funding for community health centers.

"If there's anything that people from both parties can agree on, it's health care for children, health care in our communities. I am trying my hardest to make sure we come together on a bipartisan basis to restore funding for community health centers and children," she said.

The NEW Community Clinic which Baldwin visited Friday supports the health care needs of low-income and uninsured people in Green Bay. According to the NEW Community Clinic in 2015, the average earned income of the families it serves was $6,415 a year.

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