Senator Murray Announces $965,000 for Community Health Centers in Spokane

Jun 15 2001

Grants provide primary care and dental services to the uninsured and homeless

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced grants totaling $965,906 to provide medical and dental services to low-income, uninsured and homeless residents in Spokane. The grants, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow the Community Health Association of Spokane to offer health care to underprivileged communities throughout Spokane County.

"These funds will help provide much needed health care services for Spokane's most vulnerable communities," Murray said. "Low-income and homeless residents face special challenges not only in gaining access to affordable health care, but in obtaining health care services at all. I know these grants will make a difference for these communities."

The Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS) provides comprehensive medical and social services to underserved communities throughout Spokane County. CHAS will use the funds that Senator Murray helped to secure to make primary health and dental care as well as wellness education available through its Health Care for the Homeless Program and community health centers throughout Spokane county. The funding is expected to provide 39,000 medical visits to over 15,000 individuals and 15,000 dental visits to over 6,500 individuals. Of those receiving aid, 35 percent are uninsured and 95 percent are below 200 percent of federal poverty allowance guidelines.

"Receiving this funding is terrific,"said Joel Hughes Director of Financial Operations for the Community Health Association of Spokane. "Spokane has large non-insured and low-income populations and this money will go a long way to providing care for those who otherwise wouldn't have access."

Senator Murray is a champion for funding to provide health care for the underserved. She helped to secure funding for CHAS through the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Committee.

The award includes:

  • $650,000 for the Community Health Centers Program
  • $315,906 for the Health Care for the Homeless Program
Both Programs are run by the Community Health Association of Spokane.