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Tipton Secures Additional Funding for Rural Community Health Centers

March 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the details for additional funding for Community Health Centers (CHC) administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Colorado is to receive $1.7 million which was authorized by Congress through the first COVID-19 supplemental funding bill passed earlier this month. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted for the bill and has worked closely with the Trump Administration to secure funding specifically for rural Colorado. The Third Congressional District is set to receive over $500,000. Tipton praised the announcement and gave the following statement:

“Rural Community Health Centers are critical for constituents in rural areas as they are often the sole location to receive care. In times of crisis, like the COVID-19 outbreak, CHCs face an overbearing challenge to provide adequate care due to the increase of patients they receive, and additional federal resources are the saving grace for many them. My staff and I engaged early and often with hospitals, health centers and medical professionals once the severity of this outbreak became known, and I am glad Secretary Azar acted swiftly to address their concerns. There will be a need for additional funding in the days and weeks to come, but this funding is a positive start for the areas that need it the most. I will continue to work to ensure the needs of rural communities are a part of every conversation that occurs as Congress and the Administration continue to provide federal relief to affected communities.”

The money can be used to expand testing and screening, purchase personal protective equipment like masks, and provide safety education. The breakdown for the state of Colorado can be found here.

Tipton’s recent efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak:

March 20- Tipton sends letter to House leadership outlining rural Colorado priorities for the third Coronavirus supplemental funding bill. His letter prioritized the need for additional and long-term funding for CHCs.

March 19- Tipton introduces legislation to improve data sharing between Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human services to expedite care and information to elderly and homeless populations.

March 19- Tipton hosts district-wide tele town hall with representatives from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Mesa County Public Health Department, Colorado Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, and the Small Business Administration.

March 17- Tipton and Colorado delegation send letters to FEMA and the Small Business Administration requesting expeditated disaster relief assistance.

March 14- Tipton and 414 other House members support an emergency supplemental funding bill, which was signed into law by President Trump.

March 5- Tipton and Colorado delegation send letter to Dr. Redfield to expedite the allocation of additional funds to be used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

March 3-Tipton sends two letters, one addressed to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, MD, and the other to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, requesting that the unique needs of rural Coloradans be thoroughly addressed with any response plan to combat COVID-19 .