U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey announced that Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc. (MFHN)received $2,567,914 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 5.
The funds aim to help MFHN continue the essential health care services it provides to underserved communities in Hudson County. MFHN operates two Community Health Centers in the county that are Federally Qualified Health Centers recognized to receive grant funding.
The health centers qualified for the federal grant for high-quality service in underserved communities. Sen. Booker noted that the Community Health Centers primarily serve communities in need of health care.
“Our Federally Qualified Health Centers provide critical services to underserved communities that need them most,” Booker said. “This federal funding will allow Metropolitan Family Health Network to continue its mission and provide high-quality health care to families in Hudson County.”
MFHN provides comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable health care services, including pediatric care, women’s health care, behavioral health services, and dental care.
In New Jersey, 24 Community Health Centers operate 137 satellite sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to more than a half a million New Jersey residents.
In Hudson County, there are two Community Health Centers in both West New York and Jersey City. Menendez emphasized that the facilities are an essential part of health care services in the state.
“Families in Jersey City, West New York, and across Hudson County depend on the high-quality, affordable community-based primary and preventative care services offered at Metropolitan Family Health Network,” Menendez said. “Federally-Qualified Health Centers are an essential part in ensuring all New Jeryseyans, regardless of income, receive the health care services they deserve.”
Menendez is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy. As a result of Menendez’s efforts, the two Community Health Centers in Hudson County qualified for federal funding under measures of the Affordable Care Act.
Menendez authored a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires private insurance plans on the exchange to reimburse Federally Qualified Health Centers at no less than the same rate as Medicaid.
Menendez said that this ensures the economic vitality of Community Health Centers and recognizes them for the valuable role they play in the American healthcare system.
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