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(Kansas City) – Community Health Center leaders from Missouri and around the nation are in Washington, D.C., this week to make sure that those who need affordable health care the most are protected from Congressional budget-cutters. Joe Pierle is the executive director of the Missouri Primary Care Association:

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The federal government has already sent $42 million for Community Health Centers in Missouri, and Pierle wants Congress to see that the money is well spent. He says low-income and uninsured Missourians can access many services in one center, including primary, dental, pediatric and prenatal care. Pierle says that keeping people, especially children, healthy, is key:

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Nearly 400,000 Missourians receive their care at Community Health Centers, which offer services on a sliding scale. That number is expected to double once the Affordable Care Law is fully implemented.

MO News Service contributed to this report.

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