Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $9,226,700 in Federal Funding for Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center

Washington | Arturo C. Olivarez, DC Press Secretary (956-970-1441), September 6, 2023

San Antonio, TX – Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced $9,226,700 in federal funding for Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center (CommuniCare). The funds will enhance the clinic’s capabilities to provide accessible healthcare for over 13,000 patients in San Antonio.

Specifically, the funding was provided by three separate awards: $7,813,926 from the Health Center Cluster Grant Program, $1,176,342 from the FY21 Ending the HIV Epidemic-Primary Care HIV Prevention Program, and $236,432 from the FY23 Bridge Access Program.

Together, these funds will enable Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center to ensure all 27 of its centers run their operations smoothly, provide essential healthcare services for both insured and uninsured patients, and improve access to HIV preventative care. This includes providing:

  • COVID-19 vaccinations;
  • Children’s healthcare;
  • Dental care;
  • Adult care services;
  • Mental health care;
  • Pharmacy services; and,
  • Wellness education.

“Community health centers provide care to many South Texans. Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center is no exception. The federal funding announced today will help Barrio meet the medical demands of our community,” said Dr. Cuellar, a Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I encourage San Antonians to take full advantage of the resources offered by Barrio, including COVID-19 vaccinations, dental care, and adult care services. In Congress, I will continue to fight for expanded access to affordable, quality healthcare. Thank you to CommuniCare CEO Paul Nguyen for working with me to deliver for San Antonio.”

Dr. Cuellar is a strong supporter of community health centers. He recently announced the groundbreaking for the West Laredo Gateway Community Health Center and helped secure over $6,000,000 in federal funding for all Gateway Community Health Center clinics.