U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded the announcement of more than $18 million in grants to expand and improve seven community health centers in New Jersey and create jobs. Grantees estimate that this investment, made possible due to the Affordable Care Act, will help them serve nearly 17,500 new patients. On Thursday, Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone will visit Monmouth Family Health Center which received $3,470,095 to expand its facilities and serve more patients.
"There is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act is working for New Jersey families and communities and I'm proud to have fought for its passage and for increased investment in our health centers," said Menendez. "Not only will our centers be equipped to care for more patients, we will create good construction and health care jobs in the process."
"In order to meet New Jersey's health care needs and the goals of the Affordable Care Act, it is critical that our community health centers have sufficient resources to deliver lifesaving services and increase access to preventative health care options," said Congressman Pallone (NJ-06). "The more than $3.4 million that the Monmouth Family Health Center will receive under this grant will help expand services and provide essential funding that will keep families throughout Monmouth County healthy."
A total of $18,086,274 in awards to seven New Jersey community health centers are part of a series of capital investments that are made available to community health centers through the Affordable Care Act, which provides $9.5 billion to expand services over five years and $1.5 billion to support major construction and renovation projects at community health centers.
Overall, since the beginning of 2009, employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent. Primarily due to the Affordable Care Act, community health centers are serving nearly 3 million additional patients today and will serve an additional 1.3 million additional new patients in the next two years.
The announcement made today is for awards from two capital programs for seven New Jersey community health centers. One will provide approximately $16.3 million for longer-term projects to expand facilities, improve existing services, and serve more patients. The second set of awards will provide approximately $1.7 million to address pressing facility and equipment needs.
New Jersey Grants:
Capital Development - Building Capacity Program
Community Health Care, Inc.
Monmouth Family Health Center
Project H.O.P.E., Incorporated
Southern Jersey Family
Capital Development - Immediate Facility Improvement Program
Community Health Care, Inc.
Henry J. Austin Health Center
Newark City Health and Human Services
Zufall Health Center, Inc.
In addition to his work supporting funding for health center expansion and capital improvement, Menendez secured an important provision in the Affordable Care Act that ensures community health centers will continue to be financially viable in the long-term. Thanks to this provision, community health centers are assured proper reimbursement from private insurers when providing valuable health care services to individuals enrolled in an insurance plan through a new health insurance exchange. That means these health centers will have the resources they need to treat newly insured patients gaining coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier this year, Menendez received the Distinguished Community Health Champion Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers. New Jersey is home to 20 Federally-Qualified Health Centers, operating more than 120 sites, with more than a million patient visits a year and providing a range of vital primary care services including obstetrics, pediatrics, dental and pharmacy services.
A List of Capital Development -- Building Capacity Program awards by State can be found at
A List of Capital Development -- Immediate Facility Improvement Program awards by State can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/120501facilityimprovement.html.
Information on the Affordable Care Act is available at www.healthcare.gov.