The Department of Health and Human Services will award approximately $67 million to the nations health centers, including $19 million made available by the Affordable Care Act to establish 32 new health service delivery sites.
These sites will increase access to preventive and primary healthcare to more than 130,000 additional people, according to a news release.
The remaining $48 million will be awarded to nearly 1,200 of the nations health centers to support ongoing operations and quality improvement activities.
Health centers have a proven track record of success in providing high-quality healthcare to those who need it most, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the news release. New health center sites in some of the neediest communities in the country will provide access to healthcare for individuals and families who otherwise may have lacked access to high-quality, affordable and comprehensive primary care services.
Approximately 1,200 health centers operate close to 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21 million patients in every state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Health centers are instrumental to the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to the release, not only as providers of care but also in linking individuals to coverage through outreach and enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces that begin operating Oct. 1.
We welcome the addition of new sites and recognize the high level of service our current health centers are providing, HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, RN, PhD, said in the release. These funds will make a tremendous difference to individuals, families and communities throughout the United States.
New health delivery sites and corresponding awards: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/newaccesspoints
State-by-state listing of awards for existing sites: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/baseadjustments