U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman, applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding federal funds to health centers across Arkansas to help facilitate the coronavirus response in local communities. One of those grants, over $784,000, was awarded to an Ashley County entity.

The grants, totaling $10,559,850, were awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to 12 health care centers in Arkansas. The funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which recently became law with the support of the Arkansas delegation. It will be used to support health centers’ coronavirus detection, prevention, diagnostic and treatment efforts. The awards will also help maintain or increase capacity and staff.

“These health centers will be vital to our efforts to successfully respond to the coronavirus outbreak, particularly in our rural communities. We appreciate how swiftly Secretary Alex Azar acted to award these grants so that we can immediately get these much-needed resources to our frontline defenders,” the delegation said.

The following Arkansas health centers received funding from HRSA:

1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. in Corning, $851,165; ARcare in Augusta, $1,716,035; Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, Inc. in Marshall, $835,895; Cabun Rural Health Services, Inc. in Hampton, $662,465; East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc. in West Memphis, $902,690; Healthy Connections Inc. in Mena, $738,380; Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. in Pine Bluff, $676,730; Lee County Cooperative Clinic in Marianna, $558,620; Mainline Health Systems Inc. in Portland, $784,805; Mid-Delta Health Systems Inc. in Clarendon, $557,180; River Valley Primary Care Services in Ratcliff, $829,670; and St. Francis House Nwa, Inc. in Springdale, $1,446,215.

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