May 20, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Monday announced more than $515,000 in federal funding for the Northern Greenbrier Health Clinic in Williamsburg to continue operations and improve preventive care.

“With Federal investments in community health centers, we expand access to quality and affordable care for West Virginian families, and certainly those are funds that I will continue to do all I can to secure for our State,” said Rahall, a senior Member of the House Rural Health Caucus. “At issue is addressing the basic human need for quality health care and marshalling our resources as a nation to meet that need.”

“The Northern Greenbrier Health Clinic improves the health and lives of so many in Williamsburg and across Greenbrier County, and this grant makes sure the clinic has the resources it needs to continue providing critical primary and preventive health care services,” said Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “This funding provides access to oral health care, mental health care, and substance abuse services that are often hard to come by in our rural communities.”

“It is critical that we make health care services available to all West Virginians, particularly those living in rural and underserved areas,” Manchin said. “This grant funding will greatly benefit communities that have a need for health care resources, and it will help ensure all individuals, especially our children and seniors, have access to preventive care, quality treatment when they are sick and much-needed medicine.”

The Health Center Cluster grant is a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide financial assistance to health centers that offer comprehensive primary and preventive health care services to underserved or rural areas.