Menendez introduces legislation to help community health centers

Menendez introduces legislation to help community health centers


By:  Al Sullivan
Hudson County Reporter

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, introduced legislation to bolster New Jersey’s community health centers (CHCs) and expand access to vital heath care services for hundreds of thousands across the state. CHCs provide a full range of medical care from pediatric and women’s health care to behavioral health services and dental care, and are instrumental in the fight against New Jersey’s growing opioid epidemic.

 

The Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019 would provide a five-year extension of mandatory CHC funding, which expires in September. New Jersey has 24 health centers operating 134 sites, providing preventative and primary health care services to nearly 538,000 individuals.