Murray Announces $1.6 Million for Washington State Community Health Centers

Aug 27 2003

Murray secures additional funds to expand access to health care services for low-income and uninsured Americans

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that $1,637,667 in federal health and human services funding will be released to community health centers throughout Washington state to help to increase heath care services to thousands of low-income and uninsured citizens.

The grants will be used to expand the range of health care services offered at existing health centers across the state.

As a member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray secured the funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Consolidated Health Centers Program.

Murray has worked to increase the investment in community and migrant health care centers by $200 million over the past three years.

“Community health centers provide quality and affordable health care for all Washington residents, regardless of their ability to pay,” Murray said. “While my colleagues in Congress and I work to address the crisis of the uninsured, it is important to continue to support these important health care providers. Millions of Americans rely on heath care centers for the care their families need and I will continue to work to help expand their services.”

The following Washington state health centers will receive federal funding:

Colville Confederated Tribes (Nespelem) $541,667

Family Health Centers (Okanogan) $100,000

Sea Mar Community Health Center (Seattle) $806,000

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic $150,000

Country Doctor Community Clinic (Seattle) $40,000
TOTAL - $1,637,667

The funds are expected to be released on September 1, 2003.