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Austin health clinics get $4.6 million from CARES Act

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Tai Moses

Thanks to the recently passed coronavirus relief package known as the CARES Act, Austin community health clinics will be receiving $4.6 million in funding. People’s Community Clinic will get $1,000,775 and Travis County Healthcare District (Central Health) gets $3,676,220. In an announcement about the news, Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who secured the funding, said, “Today, we’re deploying resources to reinforce our frontline health centers, who care for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. This is a good start, but much more is needed to adequately combat this pandemic. Until we resolve our health care crisis, we cannot resolve our economic crisis.” The supplemental funding will enhance the health centers’ response to the crisis by expanding their ability to detect, prevent and treat Covid-19. Regina Rogoff, CEO of People’s Community Clinic, said, “We are thrilled by this news. This funding will enable our workforce to continue tele-visits and facilitate video tele-visits with our patients. We can ensure that the strong team across our clinics can take care of the health needs of our community through the end of this pandemic.” Sherri Greenberg, chairperson of Central Health’s Board of Managers, said, “We appreciate Congressman Doggett’s advocacy for health care in our community – he has always been there for us, and more importantly, for the people we serve.”

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