Emergency funding for CHCs will be critical for the next phase of vaccination in NYS
Schumer, Gillibrand successfully fought for CHC funding in the American rescue plan
HHS will be awarding grants from April
Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $ 396,801,375 emergency federal funding for 63 community health centers (CHCs) across New York State on. These means The New York CHCs envisaged in the US rescue plan will receive the support they need to expand vaccination, testing and treatment for COVID-19 for underserved populations. CHCs are at the forefront of health care in the United States, especially in rural and underserved areas, providing a critical health care safety net in times of crisis. During the pandemic, these health centers provided testing, tracking, vaccine prep, and other health services to their communities.
"New York's Community Health Centers are a cornerstone of the state health system and have been our foremost armament in the fight against COVID-19, especially in underserved and disadvantaged communities where COVID has been hardest hit," said Senator Schumer. “This important federal investment, which I fought to secure as part of the US rescue plan, will help community health centers maintain vital operations, provide medical care for people at high risk of developing COVID-19, and continue with so many new vaccines to administer Yorker as possible. "
"In the midst of this global pandemic, people across New York are turning to community health centers for affordable primary and preventive health care." said Senator Gillibrand. “CHCs provide a wide range of services to some of our most underserved populations. This funding will help meet the Pandemic Challenge and the Pandemic Challenge The health disparities that have widened across our communities ensure that these centers can continue to provide high quality care to every New York community. Due to tight financial resources, hundreds of these vital centers have been closed when health services are needed more than ever. I am proud to have fought and supported this funding in the American rescue plan, and I will continue to fight to ensure that CHCs receive the critical resources they need to be successful.
"Every American should feel confident knowing they have access to quality, affordable health care, especially in the face of a pandemic that has exposed the differences between rural, minority, and low-income communities," said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. "The Biden Administration is committed to providing help to those who need it most, and the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 will benefit from these critical investments."
Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand battled for billions in funding for CHCs and helped secure $ 7.66 billion under the US rescue plan to help CHCS prepare for and respond to public health crises. CHCs provide affordable primary and preventive health care to the most vulnerable and underserved communities. Over 30 million patients, including nearly 400,000 veterans and nearly 9 million children, receive high quality medical, dental, visual and behavioral health services from a CHC. CHCs employ over 250,000 full-time workers nationwide and produce nearly $ 63.5 Billions in economic activity and saving our healthcare system more than $ 24 billion a year (pre-pandemic facts and figures). CHCs also help people gain access to healthy food, safe housing, and affordable transportation. In the midst of the addiction epidemic, CHCs are well-positioned providers of substance use disorders and mental health treatments in communities. The services offered by CHCs help patients avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room and reduce health disparities in our communities.
Funding begins in April through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-centered organizations that provide affordable, accessible, high-quality, and affordable primary health care to needy urban, rural, and border communities across the country. Health centers care for 1 in 5 people in rural communities and 1 in 11 people across the country. More than 91% of patients in health centers are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial or ethnic minorities.
In particular, this is funding
Providing the necessary preventive and primary health services to those at higher risk for COVID-19;
Expand CHC operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including changing and upgrading physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.
Central New York
East Hill Family Medical Inc.
Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.
Upstate Family Health Center, Inc.
Central New York, Inc.'s Family Health Network
Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc.