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
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.