The federal government enacted a short-term funding measure on January 22 that included a six-year reauthorization of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) but no long-term funding for community health centers. Federal funding for community health centers expired on September 30, with temporary funding in place only through February 8; some centers have been forced to execute contingency plans and scale back services in order to stay open. In Contra Costa County, four community health centers provide health care to over 12,000 patients and in Alameda County, eight community health centers care for over 350,000 patients. Seventy-five healthcare advocacy groups co-signed a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to reauthorize and fully fund community health centers. To read the letter, go to