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HHS provides $3,462,299 for COVID-19 testing in rural communities in Pennsylvania

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $3,462,299 to 70 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Pennsylvania for COVID-19 testing. Nationally, $225 million was awarded to over 4,500 RHCs across the country to support COVID-19 testing efforts and expand access to testing in rural communities.

Rural Health Clinics are a special designation given to health care practices in underserved rural areas by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that help ensure access to care for rural residents. This funding is through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that President Trump signed into law on Friday, April 24, 2020 which specifically directed these monies to be allocated to RHCs. HRSA funded RHC organizations based on the number of certified clinic sites they operate, providing nearly $50,000 per clinic site.


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