The Health and Human Services Dept. (HHS) distributes about $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most.
The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity, said HHS Secy. Sylvia Burwell.
“These awards will give 1.4 million more Americans across every state access to comprehensive, quality health care,” said Secretary Burwell. “ With these awards, health centers will be able to do things like increase their hours of operation, hire more behavioral health providers, add dental facilities, better treat patients with opioid use disorders, and help people get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and make the journey from coverage to primary care.”
Schools and child clinics benefited from the HHS funding.
Winners include: School Health Clinics Of Santa Clara County, San Jose ($246,429); Children’s Clinic, Long Beach CA ($347,554) and St. John’s Well Child And Family Center, Los Angeles ($480,449).
Find other awards winners here: http://tinyurl.com/nbdb87w
Since 2013, health centers have assisted more than 12 million people with their efforts to become insured. The Health Infrastructure Investment Program awards allow health centers to renovate or acquire new health center clinical space to help health centers meet community needs.
Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added 6 million patients, and are now serving nearly 23 million people each year.