Current Appropriations Process

Each year, Congress must appropriate the amount of funding set aside for the Health Centers Program for the next federal fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. In the past several years, health centers have been fortunate enough to receive record funding in large part to the President’s Initiative, which provided a substantial increase in the program’s funding.

Funding for Health Centers is distributed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies have jurisdiction over all HRSA funding.

Community Health Centers and National Health Service Corps Trust Fund (Created by Health Care Reform) When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590 and HR 4872) was signed into law on March 23, 2010, it created the Community Health Centers and National Health Service Corps Trust Fund. This new trust fund changes the way that new health center funding is appropriated. Instead of Congress making the determination of funding levels each year, the Department of Health and Human Services will be able to directly appropriate the health center funds once the federal budget is passed and signed into law.

The fund is composed of:

Health center services - $9.5 billion over five years
  • Available in FY 2011 – beginning October 1, 2010
  • The funding will be managed out of the HHS Secretary’s office, but directed through HRSA to make grants
  • FY 2011: $1 billion
  • FY 2012 - $200 million in new activities
  • FY 2013 - $300 million in new activities
  • FY 2014 - $700 million in new activities
  • FY 2015 - $1.4 billion in new activities
Health center construction - $1.5 billion over five years
  • This funding is available beginning in 2011, but as the law does not provide any guidance on how the money should be spent; it could be spent all in the first year, or over 5 years.
Funding for the National Health Service Corps
  • FY 2011 - $290 million
  • FY 2012 - $295 million
  • FY 2013 - $300 million
  • FY 2014 - $305 million
  • FY 2015 - $310 million






None at this time.


If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Jodi Samuels at jsamuels@cpca.org or (916) 440-8170 ext. 1101


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