Congressman Vargas Protects School-Based Health Centers

Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) is a proud cosponsor of H.R. 2632, the “School-based Health Centers Program Reauthorization Act of 2013” introduced by Congressman Lois Capps (CA-24). The bill reauthorizes operational grants under the school-based health centers program for 5 years.

“School-based health centers play a truly indispensable role in providing vital healthcare services to the millions of underserved children across the nation,” said Vargas.  “I am pleased to join my colleagues in fighting to keep these centers operational.”

In the United States—home to more than 5 million uninsured children—School-based Health Care Centers (SBHCs) act as healthcare lifelines for nearly 2 million children. Appropriations authorized under the Public Health Service Act are the only source of federal support for SBHCs. Without federal support, many of the almost 2,000 centers will be forced to make drastic cuts to their services and workforce, and some will have to close down entirely.

“As a parent, I understand that nothing is more important than the health of my children,” said Vargas.  “All children deserve access to quality healthcare services and I will continue to fight to ensure that becomes a reality.”

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