Congressman French Hill Supports Arkansas’s Community Health Centers and Service Members

WASHINGTON – Congressman French Hill (AR-02) issued the following statement after supporting a short-term spending bill that funds vital priorities like the U.S. military and public health programs until March 23, 2018:

“Running our nation on short-term spending bills is not a responsible way to govern, and I am proud of the House’s work to pass all twelve appropriations bills last year. Right now, however, we must ensure our common defense is fully operational, and this bill gives our soldiers the tools and resources they need to carry out their missions. When I talk to the men and women serving in the Arkansas National Guard and the Little Rock Air Force Base, I consistently hear why stable budgets are central to protecting our homeland. This bill also funds public health priorities that Arkansans reply upon including Community Health Centers that over 195,000 Arkansans use. This measure secures a permanent repeal of Medicare’s current cap of paying for roughly $2,000 in outpatient therapy services, as well as a five-year extension of Medicare add-on payments for rural home health and ambulance services, which will greatly benefit Arkansans who use these services.”