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Velázquez Announces Funding for NYC Clinics

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Location: Washington, DC

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, $8 million in federal funds is flowing to two Community Health Care Centers in New York, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced today. The Charles B. Wang Center in Chinatown and Sunset Park Health Council, Inc. in Brooklyn, are receiving grant funding thanks to the historic health care reform law that was enacted in 2010.

"Community Health Centers are a proven model of delivering quality care to vulnerable populations that otherwise have few medical options," said Velázquez. "The Affordable Care Act, which I was proud to support, wisely invested in these institutions, improving health care in our local neighborhoods."

Both facilities are receiving the grant money to perform capital improvements that will allow them to improve care and serve more patients. The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center serves New York's burgeoning Asian American population with culturally relevant care. With Chinese American New Yorkers twice as likely to be uninsured, the health center in Chinatown offers a vital link for patients who often have few alternatives. The facility is receiving $3 million in federal grant funding.

"These funds will mean more working families in Chinatown receive preventative care, catching ailments early and addressing health problems in the community," Velázquez noted. "I am proud to see these resources invested in an institution that already does so much to ensure quality health care is available in lower Manhattan."

Sunset Park Health Council, Inc., which is based in Brooklyn, is receiving $5 million. Operated by Lutheran Family Health Centers, in partnership with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the program serves homeless individuals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

"Sunset Park Health Council serves some of our neighbors who are most in need of medical assistance," Velázquez noted. "With these funds, this center will be able to expand its footprint, assisting more New Yorkers with preventatives and lifesaving care."

The announcement of funding comes as part of $41 million in grant funding being made available throughout New York. Already, the Affordable Care Act has supported the construction and renovation of 190 health center sites and the creation of 67 new health center sites across the country.

"If we are going to expand the reach of health care to those most in need of assistance, Community Health Centers will be central to that effort," Velázquez noted. "I'm pleased to see New York receiving its share of these critical investments, which will help meet working families' health care needs."

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