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Funding Available to Add Oral Health Services at Community Health Centers

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an additional $300 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow community health centers to expand hours, increase the number of clinical staff, and increase capacity to provide oral health, pharmacy, vision and behavioral health services. This supplemental funding is intended to increase access to comprehensive primary care services by underserved populations, including oral health services.

July 1, 2014 is the application deadline for the Expanded Services funding, which will be administered by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration. Information on grantee eligibility and how the funds may be used is contained in a detailed fact sheet.

In a June 3 announcement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted: “Health centers are key to the ACA’s goal of expanding access to health care.” Over 21 million people visit the nearly 1,300 health centers that operate in every state and most U.S. territories. 

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