$28 Million Awarded To Help Establish New Community Health Centers
The funds, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services as a result of the health law, will help an estimated 286,000 people gain access to health care, according to HHS officials.
The Hill: HHS Awards $28 Million For Community Health Centers
The Health and Human Services Department announced $28 million in grants Tuesday to help establish new community health centers. The department said 286,000 people will gain access to health care through the new health centers. Community health centers exist primarily in rural and urban areas without easy access to health care. Some 40 percent of the people who use community health centers are uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters. She said expanded access to clinics in schools, churches and other community centers has been shown to reduce hospital and emergency-room services (Baker, 8/9).
Modern Healthcare: $28.8 Million In Health Center Grants Awarded
Following a competitive application process, HHS announced Tuesday it will award $28.8 million in funding for 67 new community health center programs across the country. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a conference call that the funds - which come from last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - will establish new health service delivery locations to care for an additional 286,000 patients (Zigmond, 8/9).