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Upton announces an additional $1.7 million for local community health centers

Funding will be used to help CHCs conduct COVID-19 testing

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Washington, May 7, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing an additional $583 million to help HRSA-funded health centers across the country expand COVID-19 testing, including $1.7 million for four community health centers here in southwest Michigan.

“I am delighted to see our community health centers receive such a substantial amount of funding that will help them expand their COVID-19 testing capabilities,” Upton said. “In our ongoing fight against the coronavirus, we know we need to be able to test more folks so we can better identify cases and provide effective treatments more quickly. Community health centers are on the front lines, and this funding will allow them to help better protect the health and safety of all southwest Michigan.”

In Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District, the following health centers are receiving the funding:

  • Family Health Center, Kalamazoo, $584,749
  • Intercare Community Health Network, Bangor, $737,464
  • Lakeland Immediate Care Center, Cassopolis, $288,079
  • Covered Bridge Healthcare of St. Joseph County, Inc., Centreville, $133,444

Today’s announcement follows two earlier announcements of funding for CHCs and their COVID-19 efforts in March and April. Today’s funding for health centers is part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which Upton voted for and the House passed at the end of April.



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