WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that health centers across the region will receive a total of $336,099 in federal funding to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). These federal grants were awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and are in direct response to the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020,which Congresswoman Bustos helped pass into law earlier this month.
“During this critical time, it is essential that health centers have access to the resources they need to combat the coronavirus and serve our communities,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Our health care professionals are on the front lines facing this threat and they need our support as they continue to fight this battle. As the number of cases in our country rises, I’ll continue to work to make sure Illinoisans and families can stay safe and healthy as we weather this storm.”
Last month, Congresswoman Bustos questioned Secretary of HHS Alex M. Azar II on the Administration’s efforts to prepare local providers for the coronavirus and address the issue of health care provider shortages across rural America. Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees HHS.
Below is a breakdown of the funding by recipient:
- Henderson County Rural Health Center: $53,495
- Knox County Health Department: $54,450
- Heartland Community Health Clinic in Peoria: $65,787
- Whiteside County Health Department: $63,077
- Crusaders Central Clinic Association in Rockford: $99,290