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As the Chair of the Senate health committee, Senator Murray secured the funding in the American Rescue Plan 

Funding awards will begin going out to recipients in April – see Washington state funding details HERE 

Senator Murray: “Every person in Washington state should have access to quality, affordable health care, especially during this pandemic, and this support for community health centers from the American Rescue Plan will go a long way towards making that a reality” 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, announced 27 community health centers in Washington state will receive a combined $213,959,125 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support COVID-19 vaccination and services for vulnerable and underserved populations. The funding will be awarded beginning in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Every person in Washington state should have access to quality, affordable health care, especially during this pandemic, and this support for community health centers from the American Rescue Plan will go a long way towards making that a reality. Supporting community health centers is also one of the ways we can address the reality that this pandemic has been more deadly for communities of color and has worsened longstanding inequities in health care,” Senator Murray said. “I’m proud to have worked with President Biden to help craft the American Rescue Plan and get much needed relief to our state, including these investments in making sure people can get care right in their communities.”

Health centers will be able to use the funds to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for vulnerable and underserved populations; deliver needed preventive and primary health care services to those at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units. These investments will help increase access to vaccinations among hard-hit populations, as well as confidence in the vaccine by empowering local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand vaccinations.

“Every American should have the security of knowing they have access to quality, affordable health care, especially as we face a pandemic that has exposed the disparities facing rural, minority, and lower-income communities,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden Administration is committed to getting help to those who need it most, and the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 will benefit from these critical investments.”

HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations, including high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the country. Health centers serve 1 in 5 people living in rural communities, and 1 in 11 people nationwide. More than 91% of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial or ethnic minorities.

For detailed information on how this funding is being distributed to Washington state health centers, please visit: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/american-rescue-plan/awards/wa

For information on ensuring equity in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/coronavirus/health-center-program 

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