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Pallone Announces State of the Union Guest

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced his guest for the State of the Union Address on February 4, 2020. Jillian Hudspeth is the President and CEO of New Jersey Primary Care Association that oversees New Jersey’s Federally Qualified Health Centers. Federally Qualified Health Centers provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and substance abuse disorder treatment for New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations.

“Community Health Centers provide essential care for New Jerseyans and Americans across the country. It is important to have individuals like Jillian in the audience to show President Trump what the American people want – affordable and accessible health care and prescription drugs that don’t break the bank,” said Congressman Pallone. “It’s time for the President to end his sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and our overall health care system. I’m grateful for Jillian’s leadership to ensure that New Jerseyans have access to the care and support they need. We share the same commitment to ensuring all Americans have access to affordable and quality health care. I will continue to fight to make sure Community Health Centers have the funding they need to continue their important work in our communities.”

“Across the nation, Federally Qualified Health Centers provide affordable and quality health care to the medically underserved populations who need it the most. With safeguards like the Affordable Care Act and New Jersey’s Medicaid expansion, many more individuals gained health insurance coverage since 2014. As coverage expanded and patients gained access to care, health outcomes continued to improve,” said Jillian Hudspeth, New Jersey Primary Care Association President and CEO. “Despite our progress, there are still barriers to care. We must work together to build on the advancements we have made and ensure all New Jerseyans receive the health care they need and deserve.”

Pallone has been a longtime champion of funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers. He played a key role in authoring and passing the Affordable Care Act, which created the Communities Health Center fund that provides resources for the centers. New Jersey Community Health Centers received more than $18 million through the Affordable Care Act to expand services and create jobs. Currently, the funding for Community Health Centers is scheduled to expire this May and remains a top priority for Pallone. Pallone has put forward bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize and fund Community Health Centers for five years, which would be the longest reauthorization in the history of the program.

New Jersey is home to 24 health centers and 137 health care sites. In 2018, Community Health Centers in New Jersey assisted 561,965 individuals in the state with care and treatment and provided over 2 million patient visits.