H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
PROCLAIMING MAY 3, 2001 AS "RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER DAY"
WHEREAS, There are 14 community health center systems at over 20 locations statewide providing over 80,000 medical and dental visits each year to men, women and children; and
WHEREAS, As the nation continues to struggle to find solutions to the health care crisis, the community health centers began providing primary health care services in 1967; and
WHEREAS, Health centers provide primary health care to over 26,000 uninsured persons each year; and
WHEREAS, Over 26% of all infants under the age of 1 receive their health care at community health centers; and
WHEREAS, In 1993, the community health centers strengthened their commitment to health care by forming their own health maintenance organization. The Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island allows the community health centers to participate fully in the State's Managed Care initiative for Medicaid beneficiaries as well as developing insurance programs for moderate income workers; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaims May 3, 2001 as "Rhode Island Community Health Center Day."