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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today announced that 20 community health centers in Mississippi will receive more than $17.9 million to support their efforts to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health center funding stems from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted on March 27.  This historic legislation provides $1.32 billion in supplemental funding to community health centers.

“Mississippi community health centers are on the front lines of testing and treating patients for COVID-19.  As this disease affects more Mississippians, the pressure on these centers will only increase,” Hyde-Smith said.  “These grants represent an initial distribution of federal funding to support their work in these challenging times.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) approved the CARES Act health center funding to help improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

HRSA awarded the following health center grants to Mississippi:

1.      Family Health Care Clinic, Inc., Pearl – $1,854,410

2.      Central Mississippi Civic Improvement Association, Inc., Jackson – $1,794,665

3.      Coastal Family Health Center, Inc., Biloxi – $1,445,165

4.      Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., Hattiesburg – $1,311,050

5.      Family Health Center, Inc., Laurel – $864,335

6.      G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc., Canton – $844,985

7.      Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc., Clarksdale – $828,710

8.      North Mississippi Primary Health Center, Inc., Ashland – $815,675

9.      Delta Health Center, Inc., Mound Bayou – $806,270

10.  Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Inc., Fayette – $751,265

11.  Greater Meridian Health Clinic, Inc., Meridian – $743,795

12.  Northeast Mississippi Health Clinic, Inc., Byhalia – $779,485

13.  East Central Mississippi Health Care, Inc., Sebastopol – $695,600

14.  Outreach Health Services, Inc., Shubuta – $676,670

15.  Access Family Health Services, Inc., Smithville – $672,695

16.  Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center, Inc., Lexington – $656,885

17.  Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc., Jackson – $628,445

18.  Mantachie Rural Health Care Inc., Mantachie – $594,320

19.  Amite County Medical Services, Inc., Liberty – $588,440

20.  Claiborne County Family Health Center, Port Gibson – $ 583,145

TOTAL:  $17,935,990

The CARES Act, as well as earlier COVID-19 response legislation, also adds support for community health centers to expand access to telemedicine services.  Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over HRSA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, worked to secure these provisions.

The CARES Act funding is in addition to $1.43 million provided by HRSA on March 24 to these Mississippi health centers to prepare to handle COVID-19 cases.  These early grants were funded through the initial COVID-19 relief emergency supplemental appropriations bill enacted in early March.

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