U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,306,360 in federal funding for Hudson River HealthCare. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will support Hudson River HealthCare’s mission to provide care to vulnerable and uninsured populations in the Hudson Valley and Long Island.
“Hudson River HealthCare is a main provider of healthcare for low-income, uninsured New Yorkers throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island,” said Senator Schumer. “Hudson River HealthCare is a critical operation, and this federal funding will support its mission to provide high quality care to all those who need it most.
“Hudson River HealthCare serves as a lifeline to many families in Hudson Valley and Long Island,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal funds will help Hudson River HealthCare invest in additional resources to provide quality health services to those who need care most. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate to fight for the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.”
“We at HRHCare are grateful that Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand have secured this grant for our organization. This funding will allow HRHCare to continue providing crucial primary, preventative, behavioral, and oral health care, along with enabling and care coordination services, to all patients, regardless of their financial situation. We appreciate the senators’ involvement in attaining these funds, and we look forward to serving our community and improving healthcare further in the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and beyond,“ said Anne Kauffman Nolon, HRHCare President and CEO.
The HHS funding will support care for vulnerable populations. Currently, Hudson River Healthcare supports about 176,000 patients, 31 percent of whom are uninsured. Specifically, this funding supports primary preventative behavioral and oral healthcare, as well as other services like counseling and translation services for patients in the Hudson Valley and Long Island.
This HHS grant funding has been allocated through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA works to provide rural and geographically isolated communities with access to quality healthcare. Approximately 90 percent of HRSA’s budget is awarded through grants to approximately 3,000, community healthcare centers, universities, hospitals and other community-based organizations.