March 31, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s official announcement that 18 community health centers will receive $40,964,875 in funding provided by the American Rescue Plan to support their tireless efforts against the largest health threat to face the U.S. in a century. Senator King strongly supported the inclusion of this funding in the American Rescue Plan, and voted for the bill’s passage on March 6th. The funding will bolster the efforts of Maine's healthcare heroes, who have worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic to support public health and protect Maine people. In his op-ed in the Portland Press Herald following the bill's passage, Senator King highlighted these needed funds as an essential part of bringing the virus under control.
“For over a year, the healthcare heroes at Maine’s community health centers have led the fight against COVID-19 – and I welcome the official announcement that the American Rescue Plan is delivering for these essential medical providers," said Senator King. "By allocating $41 million in funds for Maine's community health centers, this legislation is ensuring that our state's medical providers have the tools they need to care for their patients, protect themselves, and support public health. The American Rescue Plan's investment in our CHCs is absolutely critical, and I'm thrilled that our hardworking medical providers will be receiving the funds they need as we work to defeat COVID-19 once and for all.”
The American Rescue Plan’s funds have been awarded as follows: