Nicole Leonard, WNPR, November 15
Laying off employees of Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford isn’t something CEO Nichelle Mullins wants to do just before the holidays. But if federal funding for the center in Hartford stops coming, she said she may have to. Charter Oak is one of more than a dozen federally funded community health centers in Connecticut that serve about 390,000 patients. Centers offer primary and specialty health care, regardless of insurance status, and they often treat Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. But the federal funds that support these kinds of centers nationwide are set to expire if Congress doesn’t appropriate more money for the programs. Mullins said funding at Charter Oak will run out by Dec. 31.