WASHINGTON, DC – (December 14, 2018)--Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that two federally-qualified health centers in South Jersey will receive $4,793,332 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Center Program.
“Everyone ought to have access to quality health care. It’s that simple, and community health centers play an important role in ensuring there’s access for all,” said Congressman Norcross. “CAMcare and Project H.O.P.E provide high-quality healthcare for families in our district that need it most and, in turn, keep our neighbors healthy and out of Emergency Rooms.”
CAMcare Health Corporation, which has served Camden and Gloucester counties since 1978, will receive $4,413,832 to provide services ranging from internal medicine and behavioral health to dental care.
“With the current climate of our healthcare system, Federally Qualified Health Centers – the safety net of the communities – depend on funding sources to continue focusing on population health management and integration of all health care services. CAMcare will continue to serve those with great geographic and economic need. This backing will continue to enhance the availability of quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare,” said President and CEO of CAMcare Health Corporation Mark Roberts.
Project H.O.P.E, which specializes the health and well-being of homeless residents in Camden, will receive $379,500 to provide healthcare to the homeless and enhance substance abuse programs.
“Project H.O.P.E. will use the HHS funds to expand access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health services in South Jersey. Federally Qualified Health Centers have a long history of providing primary healthcare to the most vulnerable individuals; today we find ourselves on the front line of the fight against the opioid epidemic. This funding supports the delivery of evidence based Medication Assisted Treatment and counseling services and expands access to treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction. Project H.O.P.E. continues to work with community agencies, hospital systems, and public officials – like Congressman Norcross – to increase access to care regardless of the patients’ social or economic status,” said CEO of Project H.O.P.E. Patricia DeShields, MSW, LSW, RN.
The Health Center Cluster Program supports community-based and patient-directed nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the nation’s underserved.
Additionally, Norcross reminded South Jersey residents that open enrollment season is ending tomorrow, and that all New Jerseyans should visit GetCovered.NJ.gov to select their coverage for 2019.
“This is your last chance to make sure you’re enrolled in a health plan that works for you and your family,” said Norcross. “Even though President Trump and Republicans are still trying to strip away health coverage and explode premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, there are still plenty of options and financial help available right now in the marketplace. I’m committed to working with my colleagues to make improvements that will help hardworking families – but, in the meantime, I encourage everyone to make sure you have health coverage as this open enrollment period comes to an end.”