WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Two health centers in Maine are getting a boost from the federal government to help combat the coronavirus.
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the nearly $3.7 million in federal funding Wednesday. A total of $3,682,207 will be awarded to HealthReach Community Health Centers and Health Access Network.
The funds, awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administraion, will go towards addressing screening and testing needs, acquiring medical supplies, and boosting telehealth capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding was allocated as follows:
- HealthReach Community Health Centers received $2,101,747
- Health Access Network received $1,580,460
Health centers in Penobscot, Lincoln, Kennebec, Oxford, Somerset, Franklin, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin counties will benefit from the funding.
“Community health centers provide affordable health care to our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. As we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, these medical providers are needed now more than ever,” Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This important funding will assist the dedicated staff at Maine health centers as they continue to care for COVID-19 patients throughout our state.”
Collins is the chairman of the Aging Committee. She and King have worked to secure nearly $4 million in September, nearly $13 million in April, and more than $1 million in March for health centers in Maine.