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Graves Announces $2.3 Million to Expand COVID-19 Testing for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District

May 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District area was provided $2,378,507 to expand COVID-19 testing health centers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Health Center Grantees in LA-06:

  • Access Health Louisiana
    • City: Luling
    • Funding Amount: $807,109
  • Baton Rouge Primary Care Collaborative, Inc.
    • City: Baton Rouge
    • Funding Amount: $139,714
  • Capitol City Family Health Center Inc.
    • City: Baton Rouge
    • Funding Amount: $319,819
  • HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc.
    • City: Baton Rouge
    • Funding Amount: $229,594
  • Innis Community Health Center, Inc.
    • City: Innis
    • Funding Amount: $230,449
  • Southeast Community Health Systems
    • City: Greensburg
    • Funding Amount: $262,189
  • St. Gabriel Health Clinic
    • City: Saint Gabriel
    • Funding Amount: $162,484
  • Start Corporation
    • City: Houma
    • Funding Amount: $227,149

Louisiana was provided $10,460,799 to 36 health centers in Louisiana, to expand COVID-19 testing. Across the nation, nearly $583 million was given to 1,385 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories to support their testing capacity.

This funding for health centers is part of H.R. 266 – The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed into law by President Trump on April 24th. The legislation provides funding for small businesses and individuals financially affected by the coronavirus, additional funding for hospitals and healthcare providers, and increased testing capabilities to help track the spread and impact of the coronavirus.

About the HRSA Funding Usage:

HRSA-funded health centers will use this funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their local communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff, outreach, procurement and administration of tests; laboratory services; notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.