Upton introduces bipartisan bill reauthorizing funds for school-based health centers
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) on April 3 cosponsored a bipartisan bill that would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize funding for the nation’s roughly 2,000 school-based health centers (SBHCs) that serve low-income communities.
"I am proud to support this reauthorization as we work to keep our children healthy and help all students succeed,” Rep. Upton said on Wednesday.
Rep. Upton unveiled H.R. 2075 with lead bill sponsor U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and cosponsor U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to reauthorize funding for SBHCs through 2024. The centers reach more than two million children and adolescents across America with more than 120 located in Rep. Upton’s home state of Michigan.
“SBHCs serve an important role in underserved communities in Michigan and around the United States, offering primary care services as well as mental health services and dental care,” said Rep. Upton. “Just last month I met with students and staff at a school-based health center in my district and heard moving stories about the positive impact the center has had on their lives.”