Walorski Applauds $225 Million for Rural Health Clinics to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Walorski Applauds $225 Million for Rural Health Clinics to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Funding Includes $3.9 Million for Testing at 79 Rural Health Clinics in Indiana

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today applauded the announcement of $225 million in funding to help rural health clinics (RHCs) nationwide expand COVID-19 testing capabilities. Indiana will receive $3.9 million for 79 rural health clinics, including in Fulton, Marshall, Pulaski, Starke, and Wabash Counties.

“The coronavirus crisis knows no geographic lines, and rural communities are especially vulnerable during public health emergencies,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “That’s why Congress passed legislation to provide support where it is needed most – including resources for rural health clinics, which play a critical role in providing affordable, quality care to Hoosiers in underserved areas. I look forward to seeing these clinics expand their COVID-19 testing capacity so we can keep Hoosiers healthy, safely reopen our economy, and continue working together to defeat this invisible enemy.”

BACKGROUND

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will provide $225 million to RHCs through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding was part of H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act, which Congress passed into law in April.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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