Federal health care funding to support rural centers, scientific research

More than $17 million in federal funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) goes towards health care in West Virginia.

Most of the money comes from the agency’s Health Center Cluster Grant Program, which helps support centers deemed to be located in more rural areas. A total of more than $15 million will be sent to four centers across the state. These include:

$4,641,437 to Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave $4,627,591 to Shenandoah Valley Medical System in Martinsburg $3,364,164 to Community Health Systems in Beckley $2,576,011 to New River Health Association in Scarbro

The same grant program also made $2.4 million to Valley Health Care in Mill Creek and the Belington Community Medical Services Association late last month.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to champion resources to ensure every West Virginian throughout the Mountain State has the quality, affordable health care services they need,” U.S. Senator Joe Manchin told DW.Va ., in a Joint Statement with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va..

Both senators are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which writes legislation that sends federal funds to other government agencies.

Other health-related grants announced by HHS include more than $1 million for the state Department of Health and Human Resources for STD prevention and control, nearly $800,000 for Morgantown-based IstoVisio for mental health research, and $76,000 for Dollars to West Virginia University for research into environmental health hazards.


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