Congressman Kildee Announces Nearly $300,000 in Federal Grants to Local Health Centers to Combat Coronavirus
Money Recently Passed by Congress Will Help Four Mid-Michigan Health Centers
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, announced today that $296, 841 in federal grants will be awarded to four local health centers in the Fifth Congressional District to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The federal grants, awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are a result of legislation recently supported by Congressman Kildee and passed by Congress to respond to the growing public health crisis. The federal grants include:
- Great Lakes Bay Health Centers in Saginaw will receive $113,184
- Hamilton Community Health Network in Flint will receive $72,452
- Sterling Area Health Center in Sterling will receive $57,553
- Genesee Health System in Flint will receive $53,652
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, the first emergency aid bill supported by Congressman Kildee and signed into law on March 6th, included $100 million nationwide for community health centers. Community health centers are a critical component to helping serve rural and underserved communities.
“I am doing everything I can to make sure Michigan has the resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic,” Congressman Kildee said. “Community health centers are on the front lines and we must make sure they have the resources they need to serve patients and combat the spread of coronavirus. I am pleased to announce these federal grants and I will continue to work in Congress to bring critical resources and medical equipment to Michigan.”
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to respond to the coronavirus. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it will be voted on Friday. In addition to direct payments to Michigan families, seniors and workers, the bipartisan bill also includes a $150 billion boost for hospitals and other health-care providers for equipment and supplies.