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Lautenberg Receives Prestigious Health Care Award
N.J. Sen. Given Community Health Defender Award By State, National Health care OrganizationsMichael Pagan (202) 228-6393
Wednesday, March 21, 2007WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) today received the "2007 Community Health Defender Award" from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA) for his efforts to provide health care coverage to low-income and uninsured families.
"Health care centers provide invaluable services to families without health coverage," said Sen. Lautenberg. "Health centers serve the most vulnerable in our society because they lack coverage and many would have nowhere to turn were it not for the quality care provided by these facilities. We must provide access to quality health care for everyone regardless of ability to pay for treatment."
Sen. Lautenberg is a longtime advocate for health centers in New Jersey and across the country and has sought an increase in Congressional funding for health center programs that serve low-income and uninsured families.
"There are more than a dozen health centers in New Jersey and countless others across the country making a difference every day," said Sen. Lautenberg. "So many families depend on health centers for their medical care and we must continue to support these health centers and the impressive work they do."
The Community Health Defender award is distributed each year by the NACHC to members of Congress who have worked to increase the number of community, migrant, public housing, and homeless health centers across the country. There are 20 such centers in New Jersey designed to provide quality health care to medically uninsured and underserved individuals.
The New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA) is a non-profit corporation that represents the organizational providers and affiliates of community-based ambulatory health care statewide. Located in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, the NJPCA has as its goal the expansion and provision of quality, cost-effective and efficient primary health care.