Menendez, Booker Announce $3.2 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Community Health Centers

Menendez, Booker Announce $3.2 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $3,207,779 in grants to aid the continued operation of federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) within New Jersey.

“Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans of every age, race, and gender rely on their local community health centers to access affordable healthcare. They provide vital services to those who may not otherwise afford or have access to it. Affordable health care should be a right for all, not just a privilege for the wealthy,” said Sen. Menendez.  “This federal funding will help our local FQHCs deliver high-quality health care for New Jersey residents.”

“As the former Mayor of Newark, I know the incredible obstacles some of our most vulnerable families face in accessing healthcare,” said Sen. Booker. “By supporting New Jersey's federally qualified health centers, these funds will help address these health inequities by bringing high-quality, affordable healthcare services into some of our most underserved communities. Now more than ever, it’s imperative we remain committed to protecting federal funding for FQHCs in order to fill service gaps and help those most in need.”

Grants were awarded to the following health center clusters:

  • Camcare Health Corporation – $1,735,627
  • City of Newark – $1,472,152

In New Jersey, there are 24 Community Health Centers (CHC’s) that operate 136 satellite sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to over a half-million New Jersey residents.

Sen. Menendez authored a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 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 healthcare system.