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HHS Awards More than a Half Billion Dollars to Help Vulnerable and Underserved Communities Gain Access to COVID-19 Testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards more than a half billion dollars to help vulnerable and underserved communities gain access to COVID-19 testing

 

HHS Awards More than a Half Billion Dollars to Help Vulnerable and Underserved Communities Gain Access to COVID-19 Testing

 

 

Alert: HHS Awards More than a Half Billion Dollars to Help Vulnerable and Underserved Communities Gain Access to COVID-19 Testing

OCR is sharing this update to promote awareness about COVID-19 testing and testing-related availability to people who are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged, or medically vulnerable, including people with HIV, pregnant women, people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, residents of public housing, older persons and our nation’s veterans.

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‎In case you missed it: On ‎May ‎7, ‎2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $583 million to 1,385 HRSA-funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories to expand COVID-19 testing. Nearly 88 percent of HRSA-funded health centers report testing patients, with more than 65 percent offering walk-up or drive-up testing. Health centers are currently providing more than 100,000 weekly COVID-19 tests in their local communities.

The funding for health centers is part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed into law by the President on April 24, 2020.

Roger Severino, Director of OCR said, “HHS is committed to making sure no community is left behind during this crisis, especially the most vulnerable. Community health centers overcome stubborn barriers to access by delivering comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality care, regardless of ability to pay. This additional funding will increase access to COVID-19 testing in many African-American, Latino, and rural communities that have been hardest hit by the virus."

The Full Press Release may be found on HHS’s website here.

For a list of award recipients, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/expanding-capacity-coronavirus-testing-FY2020-awards.

To learn more about health center capacity and the impact of COVID-19 on health center operations, patients and staff, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/coronavirus-health-center-data.

For more information about COVID-19, visit http://coronavirus.gov

For more information about COVID-19 and civil rights, visit https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/civil-rights-covid19/index.html

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