Menendez, Booker Announce $3M to Support Community Health Center in Hudson County

Menendez, Booker Announce $3M to Support Community Health Center in Hudson County

Locations in Jersey City, West New York

   

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 Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc. received $3,359,718 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue the essential health care services they provide to underserved communities in Hudson County.

“Residents in Jersey City, West New York and across Hudson County depend on the high-quality, affordable community-based primary and preventative care services offered at Metropolitan Family Health Network,” said Sen. Menendez. “As I travel across the state, I hear from so many hardworking families who rely on the lifeline the services at our community health centers provide. That’s why I’ll continue fighting in Congress to protect and expand their funding.”

“Our federally qualified health centers provide critical services to underserved communities that need them most,” said Sen. Booker. “These federal dollars allow for the Metropolitan Family Health Network to continue its mission and provide the high-quality healthcare that all New Jerseyans deserve.”

In New Jersey, 24 community health centers operate 135 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 537,960 New Jerseyans.

Metropolitan Family Health Network provides comprehensive, high quality and affordable health care services including pediatric care, women’s health care, behavioral health services and dental care.

Sen. Menendez visited Metropolitan Family Health Network last year when he announced $45 million in federal funding to support community health centers throughout the state.

“The federal funding Metropolitan Family Health Network (MFHN) receives enables us to increase the number of qualified health and dental care providers, and to enhance and initiate new programs that meet the needs of our community,” said MFHN President and CEO Joan Dublin, RN, MPA, ACHE. “We are grateful to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their leadership and advocacy in helping us continue to make top quality, affordable health and dental care accessible to all of our community, particularly those who are uninsured or underinsured.”

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.

Sen. Menendez supported an amendment to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provided Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with $11 billion in mandatory funding over five years for new and existing programs and activities to expand access to primary care services.  He also authored a second provision in the 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 health care system.