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Rep. Cuellar announced $294K for health care services in Webb, Zapata County

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $294,140 in federal funding for health care services in Webb and Zapata county through the Gateway Community Health Center. Specifically, the Gateway Community Health Center received $167,000 through the Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Center Cluster Program and $127,140 through HHS’s Health Center Quality Improvement Program. These federal funds will be used to deliver primary health care for communities and vulnerable populations in the area.

HCC / SUD-MH Program

Gateway Community Health Center received $167,000 through the Health Center Cluster Program. This program, overseen by the Health Resource & Services Administration (HRSA), helps fund health centers which focus on delivering care to our most vulnerable populations. More than 27 million people– 1 in 12 nationwide – rely on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable, accessible primary health care. 

In addition, Gateway also received multiple awards though the Health Center Quality Improvement Program totaling $127,140. 

The specific awards are listed below: 

  • $29,640-Clinical Quality Improvers (demonstrated at least 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure (CQM) from 2017 to 2018) 
  • $20,000-Access Enhancers (recognized health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2017 and 2018.)
  • $22,500-Health Disparities Reducers (recognized health centers that met or exceeded the Healthy People 2020 goals, or made at least a 10% improvement across different racial/ethnic groups between 2017 and 2018.)
  • $5,000-Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality (recognized health centers that utilized five HIT services and/or telehealth services to increase access to care and advance quality of care between 2017 and 2018.)
  • $50,000-Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition (PCMH) Recognition (recognized health centers with patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition in one or more delivery sites) 

Community Impact

Gateway’s community support system consists of United Independent School District, Laredo Independent School District, Serving Children and Adults in Need, and Border Region Behavioral Health Center.

Gateway will reach an estimated 16,000 residents from their service area, which spans from Webb to Zapata and Jim Hogg counties through this program. This widespread demand of services reinforces affordability and accessibility needs. These patient education services are, therefore, offered free of charge and no patient will ever be denied services because of their inability to pay.

“South Texas faces unique health care challenges. Texas has the highest uninsured rates in the country; specifically, in my district, 29 percent of all residents are uninsured. Our region also faces high rates of diabetes, substance abuse, mental health disorders, teen pregnancy, cervical cancer, obesity and tuberculosis,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These federal funds will ensure Gateway Community Health Center is able to provide underserved communities in Webb and Zapata county the healthcare and educational services they need. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fund community health clinics and medical centers, who are the back bone to delivering primary care and preventative care for low-income and vulnerable communities.” 

“I would like to thank Gateway Community Health Center CEO, Elmo Lopez, Board Chairman Lauro García, and HHS for engaging in this critical mission, and for helping us take another step closer to a healthier community.”  

The funds will provide services to to vulnerable populations in the area