Written by Celine Racine Pacquette in the Press-Republican on August 10, 2020

TO THE EDITOR: The health sector of our nation has routinely and consistently been overlooked by the politicians that dominate Washington.

While health sectors are some of the most crucial aspects of life, they are far too often taken for granted. This has been especially highlighted during this pandemic; our local health centers are being stretched to their capacities. Without federal funding, local federally qualified health centers would be unable to function and provide the basic services that communities rely on.

However, our congresswoman, Representative Elise Stefanik, has stood strong on her belief that our healthcare is an essential part of our nation, especially during a global pandemic. Instead of allowing additional funds to be allocated to Corporate America, Elise fought to bring federal funding to our local healthcare systems, such as Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN). Without this funding, this health network would have been left dry, and likely would have had to furlough additional staff.

As an HHHN board member, I would personally like to give a sincere thank you to our wonderful congresswoman. She has worked valiantly and courageously in Congress to support our federally qualified health networks. She understands the vital role that health centers play in daily life and the benefits they have on local communities.

Before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and after the pandemic, Elise has fought for and will fight for our health networks.


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