KHN Morning Briefing

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Health Centers Vying For $250 Million In Federal Grants

The Washington Post: "Health centers across the country are lining up for a shot in the arm from the Obama administration: $250 million in federal grants to build clinics and bolster services at existing clinics for low-income patients such as public housing residents, the homeless, seasonal farmworkers and others who struggle to pay for care. The administration announced last week that the nation's 1,100 health centers, which operate nearly 8,000 clinics in medically underserved areas, can apply for the grants through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). … The grants represent the first release of funding for health centers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed in March, and will allow health centers to build 350 clinics in 2011, add to the services they provide and update to technology such as electronic medical records" (Fears, 8/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.