Menendez, Booker Announce $5.6 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Community Health Centers

Menendez, Booker Announce $5.6 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $5,572,370 in grants to support the continued operation of federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) in New Jersey.

“The American people need to be told the truth about the real-life consequences of Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen. Menendez, a leader in the effort to expand FQHCs throughout New Jersey and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee.  “Just consider the hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families who rely on the network of community health centers across our state for essential preventive and primary care.  Community health centers provide care to those who might otherwise not have access and are the backbone of our health care system.  These important investments help keep our families and communities strong and healthy.” 

“As we continue to aggressively defend the rights for equal access to quality healthcare for all, I am pleased to celebrate HHS’s recent grant awardees,” said Sen. Booker.  “These grants will provide vital services to the people of New Jersey and fund innovative medical research in fields ranging from cancer biology and pharmacology to biological chemistry. This new funding will help New Jersey’s health care centers and medical schools provide their communities with the services they need. By investing in labs, research, and health care providers across our state, I am hopeful that New Jerseyans will be better taken care of when they need it most.”


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In New Jersey, 20 community health centers operate 130 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 483,113 New Jerseyans, including 221,553 Latinos and 150,813 African-Americans.

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 health care system.