Bucksport health center awarded $598K

BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Regional Health Center has been awarded over half a million in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bucksport center was one of 18 Maine health centers awarded a total of $12,893,115 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity. Bucksport Regional Health received $598,790. Harrington Family Health Center in Washington County received $582,770.

“Community health centers are essential to Maine’s rural health care system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these medical providers are needed now more than ever,” said Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement. “This important funding will assist health centers throughout Maine as they continue to care for COVID-19 patients in their communities.”

This funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, was provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Sens. Collins and King voted for. It authorized $2 trillion to protect the health and the livelihoods of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, including $1.32 billion for community health centers.

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