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Rep. Williams Applauds Funding for Expanded COVID-19 Testing in Rural Areas

May 21, 2020
Press Release

CLEBURNE, TX Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced that Texas Rural Health Clinics (RHC’s) have been awarded $14,986,810 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Greater testing is key to beating COVID-19 and reopening our economy safely. I am pleased to secure this funding so our rural areas are able to expand testing procedures and capabilities to protect our families,” said Congressman Williams. “Rural Health Clinics play an irreplaceable role in our communities, and I will continue partnering with the Administration to ensure they can keep serving Texans.”

Each of the state’s 303 RHC’s will receive nearly $50,000 under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to be used for COVID-19 testing and related expenses, including implementing testing programs, supplies for testing, training staff on testing procedures and reporting data to HHS. The funds may also be used to build temporary structures to support patients.

Background:

Congressman Williams supported the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which was signed into law by President Trump, and urged the Administration to allow rural hospitals and RHC’s to be eligible for financial aid and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the CARES Act.

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Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.