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HHS to Add 150 New Health Centers for High Need Communities Across U.S.

Affordable Care Act funds $100 million to expand primary care in 2015 in health centers

July 8, 2014 – An estimated 150 new health centers serving communities in need will be built across the country in 2015, thanks to a $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act. The new health center sites will increase access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality primary health care services in the communities that need it most, according an announcement today by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Later today, Secretary Burwell will also visit a Community Health Center in Decatur, Georgia to talk with its health care professionals about the important work they are doing to connect the community with high quality primary care.

Health Center Program Fundamentals

Located in or serve a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population). Find MUAs and MUPs

Governed by a community board composed of a majority (51% or more) of health center patients who represent the population served. More about health center governance

Provide comprehensive primary health care services as well as supportive services (education, translation and transportation, etc.) that promote access to health care.

Provide services available to all with fees adjusted based on ability to pay.

Meet other performance and accountability requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations.

“In communities across the country, Americans turn to their local Community Health Center for vital health care services that help them lead healthy, productive lives,” said Secretary Burwell.  “That’s why it’s so important that the Affordable Care Act is supporting the expansion of health centers.”

The investment announced today will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the last three years as a result of the Affordable Care Act. 

Today, nearly 1,300 health centers and more than 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21 million patients in every State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. They are managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Health centers are also playing a critical role in helping the public learn about new coverage opportunities under the Affordable Care Act by conducting outreach and enrollment activities that link individuals to affordable coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to .

 

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“Since last fall, health centers have provided enrollment assistance to more than 4.7 million people across the country,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

“We are pleased that the Affordable Care Act is supporting the establishment of additional health center sites to provide expanded opportunities for the newly insured to receive care.”

>> To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/nap/.

>> To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov.

>> To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

>>To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

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