School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act:
MOSBHA Advocates for Sponsorship & Support
October 7, 2020
The Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance (MOSBHA) joins the National School-Based Health Alliance and other state affiliates in celebrating the passage of H.R.2075 on September 29, 2020. Known as the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act of 2019, this bill extends the authorization for federal funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs) through 2025. The reauthorization must now pass the Senate, which is bill S.1013, in order to be enacted.
Last week, MOSBHA urged Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley to sponsor S.1013 and support the continued operations of existing and the development of new SBHCs through the reauthorization of the School-Based Health Centers Act. Numerous national partners join us in endorsing the bill, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Hospital Association, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the Trust for America’s Health, among others.
“School-based health centers are more important than ever. At a time when COVID-19 has made it extremely challenging to provide essential care to low-income students and families, we have seen centers across the country step up to provide telehealth or in-person health care, even while school buildings remain closed,” said Robert Boyd, president of the School-Based Health Alliance. “This reauthorization enables school-based health centers to continue their important work and provide health care in a location that is safe, convenient, and accessible.”