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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., announced over $2.3 million in federal funding for two medical centers in the Mountain State.

The $2,370,843 is meant to continue operations and improve health care services in the state, officials said. The facilities receiving funding are Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and Preston-Taylor Communities Health Centers.

The centers will be given the following amounts:

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center: $ 1,151,464 Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers: $1,219,379 “It is incredibly important that all West Virginians, including those living in rural communities, have access to quality preventative and primary health care,” Manchin said. “With this funding, our health centers will be able to make necessary upgrades and improvements in order to provide the affordable and accessible health services that all West Virginia families deserve.”

Rockefeller said providing the funding is necessary to meet the needs of everyone in the state.

“Providing our community health centers with the funding necessary to meet their mission is critical to making sure that thousands of West Virginians, especially in the most rural corners of our state, can access important primary and preventive health care services,” Rockefeller said. “This particular grant will give Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers the ability to make improvements to their facilities and continue providing the care that so many West Virginians rely on.”

The Health Center Cluster grant provides financial assistance to health centers that offer primary and preventive health care services to undeserved or rural areas. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Federal Assistance Management.