REPORT: 36 Community Health Clinics That Received ACA Grants Located In GOP Districts

Open Door/BMH Health Center, Inc. in Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) district received more than $6 million in grants

On Friday, The Department of Health and Human Services announced “awards of $727 million to 143 community health centers (CHC) across the country to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality health care.” “The funds are the first in a series of awards that will be made available to community health centers under the Affordable Care Act,” the agency said in a press release, noting that CHCs “serve nearly 19 million patients” and “deliver preventive and primary care services at more than 7,900 service delivery sites around the country to patients regardless of their ability to pay.”

CHCs enjoy strong bipartisan support. President George W. Bush committed to double the number of patients seen by these centers during his presidency and succeeded, and President Barack Obama included an additional $2 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and $9.5 billion in operating costs and $1.5 billion for new construction in the Affordable Care Act. With this additional funding, community health centers will be able to double the number of patients they serve to up to 40 million annually by 2015.

But if Republicans follow through on their promise to completely defund or repeal the health law, they would undermine the planned expansion, drastically reducing the services of institutions that their constituents have come to depend on. A Wonk Room analysis of the 143 community health centers that have received the first series of grants finds that 36 are located in Republican district and have already benefited from the extra ACA funding. Below is a sampling:

– Open Door/BMH Health Center, Inc: $6,078,544.00 — Mike Pence (R- IN)

– Perry County Medical Center, Inc: $1,455,603.00 — Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

– Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc: $2,851,204.00 — Paul Ryan (R-WI)

An Energy and Commerce Committee report found that there are 14 community health centers in Pence’s district and estimated that the law, once fully implemented, would provide them with approximately “$18.2 million in new assistance.” Blackburn’s 12 CHCs would receive “$15.6 million in new assistance” and Ryan’s 4 would get $5.2 million.

The full list of community health centers in GOP districts that received the first series of CHC grants (Riley Waggaman assisted in researching this report):

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center — $800,0000 — Don Young (R-AK)
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consort — $1,299,147 — Don Young (R-AK)
Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Inc. — $3,305,571 — Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Borrego Community Health Foundation — $7,216,187 — Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Hill Country Community Clinic, Inc. — $1,408,808 — Wally Herger (R-CA)
Del Norte Clinics, Inc. — $4,863,202 — Wally Herger (R-CA)
Osceola County Health Department — $8,313,858 — Bill Posey (R-FL)
Trenton Medical Center, Inc. — $497,053 — Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
Riggs Community Health Center, Inc. — $3,550,000.00 — Steven Beyer (R-IN)
Open Door/BMH Health Center, Inc. — $6,078,544.00 — Mike Pence (R- IN)
Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services — $4,110,709.00 — Charles Boustany (R- LA)
Cherry Street Services –$5,944,394.00 — Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI)
Family Health Center, Inc. — $9,358,053.00 — Fred Upton (R-MI)
Big Springs Medical Association — $2,024,825.00 — Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Northeast Missouri Health Council, Inc. — $3,823,295.00 — Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Crider Health Center, Inc.– $5,099,682.00 — Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
One World Community Health Centers — $8,961,899.00 — Lee Terry (R-NE)
Atlanticare Health Services — $4,580,000.00 — Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, Inc. — $3,423,403.00 — Christopher Smith (R-NJ)
Rocking Horse Center — $6,000,000.00 — Steve Austria (R-OH)
Community Health Connection, Inc. — $4,626,307.00 — John Sullivan (R-OK)
Columbia River Community Health Services — $2,370,178.00 — Greg Walden (R-OR)
La Clinica del Carino — $5,859,886.00 — Greg Walden (R-OR)
Community Health Center, Inc. — $1,877,872.00 — Greg Walden (R-OR)
La Clinica del Valle Family Health — $2,965,000.00 — Greg Walden (R-OR)
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department — $2,702,776.00 — Zach Wamp (R-TN)
East Tennessee State University — $6,894,303.00 David P. Roe (R-TN)
Perry County Medical Center, Inc. — $1,455,603.00 — Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Rural Health Services Consortium — $8,873,130.00 — David P. Roe (R-TN)
Harrisonburg Community Health Center, Inc. — $2,076,215.00 — Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Loudoun Community Health Center — $8,715,090.00 — Frank R. Wolf (R-VA)
Kuumba Community Health and Wellness Center — $10,657,450.00 — Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic — $12,000,000.00 — Doc Hastings (R-WA)
Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc. — $2,851,204.00 — Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Pendleton Community Care — $1,278,632.00 — Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Community Health Center of Central Wyoming — $11,873,228.00 — Cynthia M. Lummis (R-WY)