HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to expand access to health care

Posted on August 12, 2011

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the awarding of $28.8 million in grants to 67 new community health centers serving an additional 286,000 patients. Eligible applicants included public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based and community-based organizations who meet health center funding requirements.  Current Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grantees could apply as well as organizations applying for the first time.

Read more here. To see the list of health centers that were awarded the grants click here.

So what does this all mean?

Community health centers work to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by ensuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.

  • Health centers bring a unique, comprehensive approach that has delivered proven cost-savings, improved patient health and reduced visits to hospital emergency rooms for over 45 years 
  • Today, health centers generate $24 billion in annual savings to the health care system, and every dollar invested in health centers generates $11.50 in potential savings
  • Health centers employ 190,000 Americans and generate $20 billion in annual economic activity for poor rural and urban communities.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov.  To learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.  To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov, or contact us at 617-534-5050 or toll free 1800-847-0710.

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