Moolenaar Talks to Federal Health Officials, More Funding for Coronavirus Testing Announced

May 9, 2020
Press Release

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has announced two new grants for mid and northern Michigan health care centers to expand capacity for Coronavirus testing.

The funding is going to Mid Michigan Health Services in Houghton Lake, and Isabella Citizens for Health in Mount Pleasant. They are receiving grants of $338,119 and $200,314 respectively.

Congressman John Moolenaar voted for the legislation that funded these grants and as Michigan’s senior member of the House Appropriations Committee with oversight of HHS, he has been in contact with federal health officials this week regarding the need for more testing in Michigan.

"Increasing testing is critical to tracking the spread of the Coronavirus, keeping Michigan residents safe, and helping re-open the economy,” said Moolenaar. “As new technology and testing capabilities are being produced, officials are working to ramp up distribution to places where supplies are needed most. This is vital to identifying people who are sick and saving lives."

The new grants that were announced are part of the $583 million HHS announced to expand funding across the nation. The funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that Congressman Moolenaar voted for in the House on April 24. The legislation was signed into law by President Trump on the same day.

The press release from HHS is available here.