CAMPBELL KICKS OFF HEALTH CENTER WEEK, COMMITS TO MORE EFFICIENT CARE FOR LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge, La. - Senate Candidate Foster Campbell committed Monday to giving Louisiana's Federally Qualified Health Centers, better known as Community Health Centers (CHCs), a champion in the United States Senate as health centers around the country kickoff National Health Center Week. 

"I'm proud of the incredible, cost-efficient, high quality care that our Community Health Centers have provided for over 40 years," said Campbell. "They are making the next generation of Louisianans healthier and proving that better care saves taxpayers money." 

Thirty-four Louisiana CHCs organization run about one-hundred ninety locations around state, including school-based locations, and offer dental, primary and mental health services  completing over one-million patient visits a year to underserved communities. 

Campbell took time to laud the mental health services provided by CHCs specifically saying, "We've got one of the lowest mental-health worker to people ratios in the country, and CHCs are a literally a life-saver for our people because they make mental health services more accessible." 

CHCs receive no state general fund support, and serve patients that are self-payers, Medicaid, Medicare and self-insured, as well as the uninsured. 

"These non-profit organizations have a $318 million total economic impact for our state, and they support nearly 3,000 good paying Louisiana jobs. They need more encouragement and support at the federal level and I'll do whatever it takes to make sure they continue to be successful at serving our people and saving us money," said Campbell. 

Ira Wray