U.S. Sens. Collins, King announce $1 million for health centers for COVID-19 response
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Angus King, I-Maine announced that 18 health centers throughout Maine have been awarded a total of $1,083,790 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to this coronavirus pandemic.
Among the recipients is HOMETOWN Health Center (Sebasticook Family Doctors), which has been awarded $55,522.
“Community health centers are the backbone of Maine’s rural health care system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these medical providers are needed now more than ever,” said Collins and King in a joint statement. “This important funding will assist health centers throughout Maine as they care for COVID-19 patients in their communities.”
This funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), was provided by Phase 1 of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which Collins and King voted for. It provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $100 million for HRSA-funded health centers.
The funding allocation includes:
- Bucksport Regional Health Center has been awarded $54,511.
- D.F.D. Russell Medical Center, Inc., in Leeds has been awarded $54,468.
- Eastport Health Care, Inc., has been awarded $54,661.
- Fish River Rural Health in Eagle Lake has been awarded $55,152.
- Harrington Family Health Center has been awarded $54,718.
- Health Access Network, Inc., in Lincoln has been awarded $60,829.
- Healthreach Community Health Centers in Waterville has been awarded $75,644.
- Islands Community Medical Services, Inc., in Vinalhaven has been awarded $51,702.
- Katahdin Valley Health Center in Patten has been awarded $65,241.
- Maine Mobile Health Program, Inc., in Augusta has been awarded $53,809.
- Penobscot Community Health Center in Bangor has been awarded $104,217
- Pines Health Services in Caribou has been awarded $60,705.
- Portland Community Health Center has been awarded $62,574.
- Regional Medical Center in Lubec has been awarded $53,435.
- Sacopee Valley Health Center in Parsonsfield has been awarded $56,681.
- Saint Croix Regional Family Health Center in Princeton has been awarded $53,133.
- York County Community Action Corporation in Sanford has been awarded $56,788.