NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $4,959,063 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties.

“For decades, North Hudson Community Action Corporation has been committed to providing high quality and affordable health care services to their patients,” said Sen. Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy. “From primary and preventive care, to dental and reproductive health, NHCAC ensures that the health care needs of the families they serve are met. This funding will allow them to continue their mission of providing exceptional health care services to hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans.”

“Far too many communities in New Jersey face great obstacles when seeking adequate healthcare,” said Sen. Booker. “This crucial federal funding ensures community health centers, like North Hudson Community Action Corporation, have the resources needed to continue to provide necessary health care services to thousands of New Jerseyans.”

With locations in Englewood, Garfield, Hackensack, Harrison, Jersey City, North Bergen, Passaic, Union City and West New York, NHCAC provides comprehensive health care and social services including primary and dental care, early childhood education programs and affordable prescription drugs.

“There were a quarter of a million visits last year to NHCAC and we would not have been able to keep up with the high demand if it were not for funding like this,” said Joan Quigley, President and CEO of NHCAC. “I know how hard it is to get money from Washington these days, but I am so thankful for the advocacy of Senators Menendez and Booker. This funding will allow us to continue serving communities across North Jersey."

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

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 FQHCs with $11 billion in mandatory funding over five years, expiring in 2015, for new and existing programs and activities to expand access to primary care services. Sen. Menendez has successfully fought to secure two-year extensions for the program in 2015 and 2017. 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.