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Health Center Funding to Expand Access to Care

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Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced awards totaling $67 million to extend access to health care through the nation’s health centers. Of that total, $48 million will go to provide operational support and quality improvement activities at 1,200 existing health centers.

The Affordable Care Act is also making an additional $19 million available for the establishment of new health care delivery sites. Thirty-two health centers will receive awards, which are expected to fund access to care for an additional 130,000 Americans.

“Health centers have a proven track record of success in providing high quality health care to those who need it most,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a press release.

Health centers currently serve more than 21 million people throughout the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. More than four million people have access to dental services through these centers.

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