As Congress and the new administration continue to shift their rhetoric and timelines for repealing the ACA, it’s hard to know what portions of the health law, if any, will remain intact and for how long. Amid this uncertainty, we at CommunityHealth want to reiterate our unwavering commitment to serve Chicago’s uninsured populations.
What are we doing to influence the decision-making process in Washington D.C.? CommunityHealth is an active member of both the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and the Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics. These two associations are strong advocates on our behalf, connecting directly with our elected officials and making sure that the voice of the free clinic sector is heard.
During our 24-year history, we have proven up to the task of meeting challenges from a position of strength—and today is no different. CommunityHealth has the ability to respond quickly to policy changes as they are made. As was the case when the ACA first rolled out, we will communicate any changes that would affect operations as soon as we are aware of them. Until then, it is “business as usual.”
CommunityHealth is here to stay, and you can continue to expect the same high-quality care we have always provided. Our health centers will remain safe spaces for everyone regardless of immigration status, and we will fight against any policy changes that would harm our patients.