Menendez, Lautenberg: Zufall Health Center Awarded Nearly $817,000 for New Hackettstown Facility

Menendez, Lautenberg: Zufall Health Center Awarded Nearly $817,000 for New Hackettstown Facility

Historic Health Reform Law Will Bring New Services to Underserved New Jersey Communities

Newark - During National Health Center Week, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $816,667 to New Jersey's Zufall Health Center. The funding, made available through the Health Care Reform Law, will be usedto open anew satellite facility in Hackettstown to provide free or low-cost health care services to low-income community members.

"The Zufall Health Center is a critical resource for our low income communities, and with this funding, thousands of New Jerseyans will now have access to an affordable, high quality health care facility,"Menendez said. "This is one more example of the positive impact the Health Care Reform law is having in meeting the health care needs of our families. When we invest in the health of our families, we invest in the well being of our communities."

"All New Jerseyans should have access to quality health care services, and the Zufall Health Center does important work to reach many of our state's underserved communities,"Lautenberg said."This federal funding will allow the Zufall Center toremove barriers to affordable care for thousands of New Jerseyans. The health reform lawis helpinglevel the playing field and make quality care attainable for all Americans, and this funding takes an important step in that direction."

Zufall Health Centerprovidesprimary care medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse services for residents in the surrounding area.Zufallestimates thenewfacility will serve more than 3,400 new patients in its first year of operation.

The Zufall Health Center, and other community health centers across the country, work to improve the health of underserved communities and vulnerable populations by ensuring access to quality health care. By increasing the availability of primary care services for the neediest populations, the new federal resources will help to decrease health disparities inNew Jersey.

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