Medicare & Medicaid News
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
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
or serve a high need community
(designated Medically Underserved Area or Population).
Find MUAs and MUPs
a community board
composed of a majority (51% or more) of health center patients
who represent the population served. More about health center
comprehensive primary health care services as
well as supportive services (education, translation and
transportation, etc.) that promote access to health care.
services available to all
with fees adjusted based on ability to pay.
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. Thats why its 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
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 .
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.,
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
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