Did you know that The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus and Street Medicine Program do not qualify for the COVID-19 emergency funding passed by Congress? That's because the funds are limited to "Federally Qualified Health Centers" (FQHC's) and our programs operate as "Free and Charitable Clinics," which the Federal government does not consider an FQHC.
The Night Ministry's free medical services, and those of the 40+ other free and charitable clinic programs in Illinois, serve the state's most vulnerable residents. During the coronavirus pandemic, The Night Ministry and other free & charitable clinics are essential partners to the federal government. For example, we know that the medical services our Health Outreach Bus provides significantly reduce the rate in which clients use the emergency room for non-emergency medical care. This means that emergency care will remain available for Chicagoans with coronavirus symptoms and other medical emergencies. Additionally, as the pandemic disrupts the workforce across the country, the uninsured and underinsured working poor can rely on Free & Charitable Clinics for quality medical care that won't result in a backlog of bills that they can't afford.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please call Illinois' Senators Dick Durbin (202-224-2152) and Tammy Duckworth (202-224-2854) TODAY and ask the following:
If the Senators' phone systems direct you to leave comments through the website, Senator Durbin's comment page is https://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/ and Senator Duckworth's page is https://www.duckworth.senate.gov/connect/email-tammy.
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