U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker today announced $2,309,519 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue the essential health care services provided at several New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
“Community Health Centers are a critical piece of the puzzle in ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care in this country. By offering quality health care in our communities, health centers help individuals access vital preventive services and avoid expensive emergency room visits,” said Sen. Menendez. “This funding will help ensure that residents of New Jersey continue to benefit from robust and comprehensive health care, regardless of their socioeconomic status.”
“We already know that far too many communities in New Jersey face steep barriers to accessing adequate health care,” said Sen. Booker. “This crucial federal funding will help address these health inequities by ensuring community health centers across the state have the resources needed to continue to provide necessary services to thousands of New Jerseyans.”
The following FQHCs received awards:
City of Newark
Henry J Austin Health Center Inc.
Camcare Health Corporation
AtlantiCare Health Services
Egg Harbor Township
Jewish Renaissance Medical Center
North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Southern Jersey Family
Lakewood Resource and Referral Center
Jewish Renaissance Foundation Inc.
Community Health Care, Inc.
Zufall Health Center, Inc.
Monmouth Family Health Center
Horizon Health Center
Neighborhood Health Services Corporation, Inc.
Paterson Community Health Center, Inc.
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc.
Visiting Nurse of Central Jersey Community Health Center, Inc.
Project H.O.P.E., Inc.
In New Jersey, 24 community health centers operate 135 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to nearly 600,000 New Jerseyans.
Sen. Menendez visited Project H.O.P.E. last week to celebrate National Health Center Week.
Earlier this year, Sen. Menendez joined colleagues in introducing legislation to bolster community health centers and expand access to vital health care services for hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans. In 2018, the senator secured an additional $1.6 billion in CHC funding on top of the $7.8 billion appropriated for FY2018 and 2019.
As an author of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sen. Menendez championed an amendment that provided community health centers with $11 billion in mandatory funding over five years for new and existing programs to expand access to primary care services. Since 2015, Sen. Menendez has helped secure separate, two-year extensions for the program. Most recently, he successfully fought for two additional years of mandatory funding at $7.8 billion in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and $1.63 billion for FY19 in discretionary dollars in the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending package for a total of $5.63 billion for the current fiscal year.
Sen. Menendez also supported an amendment included in the ACA final passage that requires private insurance plans on the exchange to fully reimburse FQHCs at no less than the same rate as Medicaid in order to ensure the economic vitality of community health centers and properly recognize them for the valuable role they play in the American health care system.
Sen. Menendez has been honored multiple times for his long time advocacy on behalf of FQHCs, having receiving the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award and the Community Health Center Hero Award in 2018, the Champion for Community Health Centers Award in 2016, and the Distinguished Community Health Champion Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in 2012.