Matsui Rallies Support for the Arts and Community Health In the Face of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

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Sacramento, February 23, 2018 | comments

Congresswoman Doris Matsui visited several local entities in Sacramento this week that would see their resources reduced as a result of President Trump’s proposed budget, including One Community Health’s new clinic and the Crocker Art Museum.

“Places like Community Health Centers and museums give everyone an opportunity to flourish,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “President Trump’s proposed budget would undermine this important work, cutting funding from programs and services that lift people up in our community through things like arts education and behavioral health care. I’m going to keep fighting to preserve funding for the important institutions that are enriching people’s lives and making Sacramento stronger.”

Many of the patients who depend on One Community Health clinic for everything from mental health care to dental appointments are enrolled in Medicaid, which the Trump budget would cut by $1.4 trillion.

 
Congresswoman Matsui visits with Alondra Thompson, who provides mental health services at One Community Health.
 
One Community Health’s CEO Christy Ward shows Congresswoman Matsui a patient room in the new clinic.

“Community health centers are critical to our communities by providing comprehensive services to anyone in need of care,” said Christy Ward, CEO of One Community Health. “One Community Health not only addresses medical and dental health issues, but also provides care for such issues as mental health and addiction, which are major priorities in our nation. The reduction or elimination of Medicaid funding would not only reduce the number of individuals that could receive needed care, but could also drastically reduce the number and types of services that may be provided in community health centers like One Community Health. One Community Health is here to care for everyone that is in need, but a continuation of Medicaid funding is critical to ensure the stability and sustainability of our community health center organizations.”

The Trump Budget also makes significant cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), proposing an 80% decrease to the agency’s budget, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), proposing a 90% decrease to the agency’s budget. The Crocker Art Museum receives several grants from the NEA and the IMLS to support exhibits and educational programs like Art Spots and Block to Block.

 
 
Congresswoman Matsui visits the “Art Spots” program, which features interactive art installations for children.

While at the Crocker Museum Thursday, the Congresswoman toured several of those exhibits, including the Art Spots program, an educational art installation for children.

“Not only is government funding extremely important in and of itself, but it’s critical in helping organizations leverage gifts from other donors. The stamp of approval from a federal agency gives donors the confidence to give, knowing that the organizations and causes they support are widely esteemed and valued,” said Lial Jones, Executive Director and CEO of the Crocker Art Museum.
 
Congresswoman Matsui with One Community Health’s CEO Christy Ward.
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