NCCHCA Press Release
November 30, 2023
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N.C. Speaker Tim Moore Visits Kintegra Health, Community Health Center in Shelby, to Receive Health Leadership Award
On Thursday, November 30, Kintegra Health, a Community Health Center organization with locations in 12 counties, welcomed N.C. Speaker of the House Tim Moore for a tour of their Kintegra Family Medicine facility in Shelby.
“Today I had the privilege to see firsthand the important work that Kintegra Health does right here in Cleveland County, a prime example of the good work that Community Health Centers do across the state to provide whole-person care for our rural and medically underserved communities. Community Health Centers like Kintegra Health are essential providers of high-quality primary care for so many who need it,” said Speaker Moore.
Kintegra Health CEO Robert Spencer expressed his appreciation to Speaker Moore for taking the time to tour Kintegra’s world-class facility in Shelby, which is one of 30 clinical sites the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) operates across the state.
“We are grateful for Speaker Moore’s ongoing support to help Community Health Centers like Kintegra close the coverage gap for underserved North Carolina residents,” said Mr. Spencer. “This expansion of health care will allow Kintegra to expand its whole-person approach to care into more communities. Health centers serve an important role of delivering not only primary and preventive medical care, but also behavioral health, chiropractic, podiatry, substance use disorder treatment, pharmacy services, and comprehensive oral health care.”
During the meeting, Kintegra Health presented Speaker Moore with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association 2023 Community Health Leadership Award, in recognition of the Speaker’s leadership in working to extend affordable health coverage options to hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina starting December 1.
Thanks to this historic policy change, many Community Health Center patients in Cleveland County and across the state will soon have improved access to care and greater peace of mind thanks to gaining health coverage.
Because Community Health Centers serve many uninsured patients—over 255,000 in 2022—this important policy will also allow health centers to receive more adequate reimbursements for the care they provide and support expansion of the health care workforce to deliver care to more people across North Carolina.
NCCHCA members are grateful to Speaker Moore and other policymakers whose leadership ensured that North Carolina would cross the finish line in closing the coverage gap, and we look forward to continued partnership to address North Carolina’s future health challenges.
About NCCHCA: The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) represents 43 Community Health Center organizations, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), that care for 752,000 patients a year at over 500 clinical locations across 88 counties without regard for patients’ ability to pay or insurance status.