Sen. Menendez Visits Jewish Renaissance Medical Center for National Health Center Week

Sen. Menendez Visits Jewish Renaissance Medical Center for National Health Center Week

Menendez: “National Health Centers are – as this year’s National Health Center Week theme says – the key to healthier communities. And when we invest our community health centers – when we turn that key – we unlock greater opportunity and prosperity for all.”

Newark, N.J.- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez celebrated National Health Center Week at the Jewish Renaissance Foundation’s National Health Center Week Health Fair. As a longtime champion of community health centers and their achievements in providing access to affordable, quality care in underserved communities, Sen. Menendez celebrated the gains made since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which dramatically lowered the uninsured population and helps sustain Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) thanks to an amendment Senator Menendez authored.

“The ACA dramatically expanded investments in federally-qualified community health centers – which provide some of the most cost-effective quality care around,” said Sen. Menendez. “I was proud to write the provision in the ACA that ensures these health centers are fairly reimbursed for their services, and I’ll be working to extend these investments before this funding expires on September 30th – because these dollars make a real difference in our communities.

 “Unfortunately, it seems Washington is more focused on rolling back our recent gains than building on our success. That’s why it’s so important that we stand united behind the Affordable Care Act, and work together to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable care.”

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 In New Jersey, 23 health centers operate in 131 sites throughout the state, providing preventive and primary health care services to nearly 484,000 New Jerseyans. Health Center grantees in New Jersey received $77,262,027 in Federal funding for FY 2016.

 Sen. Menendez authored an amendment included in 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.

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