Menendez Honored as Champion for Community Health Centers During National Health Center Week

Menendez Honored as Champion for Community Health Centers During National Health Center Week

Visits Health Fair at Metropolitan Family Health Network Center in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ – As a longtime champion of community health centers and their achievements in providing access to affordable, quality care in underserved communities, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today visited the Metropolitan Family Health Network Center (MFHN) and vowed to fight for increased federal investment to expand the number of local health centers in order to serve more communities and families.  

“As a public servant, there are few things I am more proud of than my work to expand the network of community health centers across our State – centers like this, which are delivering the kind of quality, affordable, comprehensive care all families deserve,” said Sen. Menendez.  “I see community health centers as an investment in the wellness of our residents, our communities and our nation and I will fight to further expand their reach so that all of our families and communities thrive.”

Joan Dublin honors Menendez for his work on behalf of community health centers

Menendez was also honored during the event, held in recognition of National Health Center Week, for his longtime work on behalf of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

"In September, Metropolitan Family Health Network will celebrate its tenth anniversary, a milestone made possible by the support of our elected officials and partnering organizations. One person who has assisted us from the beginning is Senator Bob Menendez,” said Joan Dublin, CEO of MFHN.  “He made it possible for us to immunize children, he advocated for the Affordable Care Act, and ensured we have the funding and resources to provide preventive health care services for our community. We are grateful for the caring, dedication and support he has extended to our organization and our community.”

In New Jersey, 20 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 an amendment included in Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) final passage 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.

Menendez also joined Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10), Vice President and Chairman of Medicine of Barnabas Health, Dr. Douglas Ratner and former NBA player and Seton Hall graduate Anthony Avent.