Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) announced the Health Resources and Services Administration's New Access Points grant program has awarded $483,333 for the first year of a three year program to the Atascosa Health Center for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Three Rivers to serve the area's indigent population. The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration's New Access Points grant program made possible through the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
"I am very pleased that this very important grant was awarded to the Atascosa Health Center for Three Rivers and its surrounding communities for primary and preventive health care services", said Congressman Hinojosa. "I applaud the concerted effort by political and community leaders who all worked very hard to make this happen. I want to thank Executive Director of the Atascosa Health Center Monty Small for also working with me to make sure constituents of Texas' 15th Congressional District would receive proper health care."
Planning for the health center began when the Texas Department of Health and Human Services designated Live Oak County as a "lagging behind county" which meant that the children of low income families were behind in their basic health care needs. Texas DHS determined that 35% of the population in Live Oak County lives at or below the poverty level.
"The New Access Point grant is part of Congress' effort to expand access to high quality care while extending health insurance to the majority of Americans", said Congressman Hinojosa. "I fully supported the Affordable Care Act which is the very legislation that is providing $11 Billion in new funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers in order to strengthen our struggling safety-net health providers."