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McConnell Calls for More Coronavirus Testing in Kentucky
Kentucky Ag Connection - 03/25/2020

Sen. Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday Kentucky will receive $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Community Health Centers (CHCs) to combat the Coronavirus in the Commonwealth. The funding is the result of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act -- the Phase I relief bill. These surge resources are in addition to the $7.4 million McConnell helped secure for Kentucky in that legislation.

The HHS funding will be used by CHCs in Kentucky for testing and to purchase additional medical supplies. It will also be used to help increase telehealth services across the Commonwealth.

"In response to the Coronavirus, I was proud to lead bipartisan efforts as Senate Majority Leader to deliver urgent funding for community health centers nationwide, including $1.6 million to Kentucky," said McConnell. "Community health centers are an essential resource for quality, primary care in many rural areas of Kentucky. Bolstered with additional federal support for telehealth, testing and protective equipment, these healthcare professionals will continue to serve Kentuckians in need as we respond to the national health crisis. I'll continue working with President Trump and my colleagues to combat the health and economic effects of COVID-19 in Kentucky and around the country."

David Bolt, CEO of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said, "We are extremely appreciative of Senator McConnell's leadership in support of Federally Qualified Health Centers nationally and especially in Kentucky. Community health centers are essential to the American safety net and by design, they are working tirelessly to serve patients in need."

Following a conversation with Governor Andy Beshear (D-KY) to discuss Kentucky's response to Coronavirus, McConnell asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar for drive-through testing sites to be located in Kentucky and requested additional testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers. Kentucky is widely recognized as one of our nation's premier logistics hubs and is centrally located to easily receive the necessary tools to make drive-through testing accessible to our most vulnerable.

It is imperative that Kentucky's hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, and other critical providers have access to this equipment to care for patients while stopping the spread of the Coronavirus in the Commonwealth.

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