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Rural Health Group will receive $1,351,025 as part of the Phase 3 CARES Act which will be awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

In total, the federal department is awarding more than $34 million in grants to state healthcare centers to assist in efforts to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, United States Senator Thom Tillis said in a statement Tuesday.

Yvonne Gee, CEO of Rural Health Group, said Tuesday evening, “Federally Qualified Health Centers could not operate and remain open to the public without the support of our congressmen and representatives passing laws providing immediate access to funding for community health centers.”

Gee said Rural Health Group has worked diligently to implement procedures and processes to continue providing healthcare access to patients during the pandemic. “We are able to offer telemedicine and telephonic visits in order to meet the immediate and urgent needs of all patients.” 

Without the additional funding, Gee said the current level of care would not be possible. “Our ability to continue providing care is what allows RHG to continue employing staff who would otherwise be furloughed.  

“When furloughing becomes unavoidable, employees are provided emergency unemployment benefits through the CARES Act. As with many businesses, and out of no fault of our own, RHG has been affected by the Center for Disease Control and DHHS patient access restrictions requiring the layoff of staff. As a result, our staff are the beneficiaries of these life sustaining benefits.”

Said Tillis: “North Carolina’s health care centers and workers are on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and we must ensure they have the resources they need to assist North Carolinians in need. 

“The economic stabilization and stimulus legislation I worked to get signed into law will provide these financial resources to North Carolina’s health centers that are working around the clock to treat North Carolinians and keep us safe. I will continue to work on a bipartisan basis to push for solutions that help us come together to overcome this national crisis.”