47 Florida health centers receive funding from American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan will award more than $368 million to 47 federally qualified health centers in Florida.
The largest grant recipient is MCR Health, INC. in Palmetto county, who received $21.8 million in funding from the plan. MCR operates 40 health care centers and 14 pharmacies in West Florida, including some vaccine clinics being operated at schools in the Tampa Bay area. Their services include internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and behavioral health among others.
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Eight health centers in Miami – and one in nearby Miami beach – received over $70 million in funding as well. The largest recipient in Florida is the Community Health Center of South Florida (CHI), who received $21.3 million. The CHI operates 11 health centers and 35 school-based programs in the Miami area.
The funding comes as many health centers around the nation have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Struggles may continue in Florida down the line, as proposed budgets for the 2022 fiscal year would cut Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals and health centers in the state.
A full list of Florida health centers that received funding through the American Rescue Plan can be found here.