Community Health Centers in Illinois Facing Huge Losses and Layoffs

Community Health Centers in Illinois Facing Huge Losses and Layoffs

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois are facing financial chaos brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without assistance, the state’s federally established community health centers face losses of $181 million and 4,350 layoffs during the next three months, according to an internal financial review completed Wednesday for the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA).

Nearly 40 percent of the centers, which serve largely low-income and minority communities, would run out of money and have to close their doors. COVID-19 has forced the centers to cancel routine doctor’s appointments, which has cut their income by 70%.

“This isn’t a temporary problem …,” IPHCA President and CEO Jordan Powell said. “This pandemic will only increase the number of unemployed and uninsured in communities served by health centers. When this crisis is over, community health centers … will be in greater demand.”

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