Congresswoman Bustos Announces Federal Investment in Henderson County Rural Health Center

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the Eagle View Community Health System will receive $1,304,794 in federal funding, allowing them to continue providing quality medical, dental and behavioral care to Henderson County’s rural residents.

“Families in rural America face unique challenges when it comes to accessing affordable health care,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “That is why I am especially proud to announce federal investments that will allow Eagle View to continue providing quality care to families across our region. I’ll continue working with both parties to make sure hardworking families in Henderson County have access to quality, affordable health care.”

“Grant funding provides a significant portion of our income, which enables us to offer quality and affordable primary and preventive care services under one roof that include primary medical care, comprehensive dental services and behavioral health services,” said Lori Sutton, Executive Director of the Eagle View Community Health System. “Eagle View draws patients from west central Illinois and southeast Iowa and is one of the few area providers to accept Iowa and Illinois Medicaid. Eagle View has medical, behavioral health and dental services available at both their location in Oquawka and Stronghurst, Illinois. We’re grateful to Congresswoman Bustos for her continued support for facilities that deliver quality, affordable care to families in rural areas like ours.”

This grant has been awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center Cluster Program that helps community-based health care organizations provide primary care for underserved communities.

Serving an almost entirely rural district, Congresswoman Bustos has been a vocal advocate for the health of rural Americans. Recently, she fought to include several of her provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill to improve care in rural communities. These provisions included her bipartisan Rural Health Liaison Act, which creates a new positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to better serve the health needs of rural America and the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act, which equips communities with the resources they need to combat the opioid epidemic that has disproportionally hit rural America.