$10 million in federal funding slated for Wisconsin rural health clinics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — More than 100 rural health clinics in Wisconsin will receive $10.9 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, Rep. Ron Kind announced Wednesday.

Each of the 109 clinics will receive $100,000 for COVID-19 testing and mitigation for rural residents to mitigate the spread of the virus in their communities.

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Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System

“These federal dollars represent an important investment in Rural Health Clinics and serve as recognition of the vital role they play in serving rural patients, families and communities,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Rural Health Clinics ensure access to high-quality health care in communities that may not otherwise be able to support clinical sites. Ensuring care as close to home as possible is a foundational element of our approach to caring for communities across Wisconsin. These funds will make a meaningful difference in the lives and well-being of those we serve.”

Kind said that the funds were important as communities rely on those health clinics for quality, local care.

“As we turn the corner on this pandemic and vaccines continue to roll out, it’s more important than ever to be giving our Rural Health Clinics the funding they need to continue fighting off this virus, getting shots in people’s arms, and keeping Wisconsinites safe and healthy,” Kind said.

“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, our Rural Health Clinics continue to get the support they need to do just that.”

Rep. Ron Kind Wi 3rd District On Sept 10,2018.

Rep. Ron Kind WI-3rd District on Sept 10,2018.