The National Association of Community Health Centers recently recognized U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, for his support of continued federal funding for regional health centers. Doreen Rue, CEO of Health Services of North Texas in Denton, presented Burgess with the association's 2018 Community Health Leadership Award.
"Community health centers provide an extensive range of essential services, including medical, dental, and mental health, to North Texans and Americans across our nation," Burgess said in a prepared statement about the award.
Rue said it was a privilege to present the award on behalf of the association.
"He has long supported community health centers and understands the value from a patient perspective and a community perspective," Rue said in a prepared statement.
Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that included discretionary funding for community health centers and other programs that subsidize high-quality, affordable health care.
Burgess is running for re-election and faces Democratic opponent Linsey Fagan on the Nov. 6 ballot.
FEATURED PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, is shown with Doreen Rue, CEO of Health Services of North Texas in this courtesy photo.