U.S. Announces Community Health Grants

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says $727 million will be spent to upgrade and expand community health centers in the country.

The funds, awarded to 143 community health centers as grants under the Affordable Care Act, will provide care for an additional 745,000 underserved patients, an HHS release said Friday.

“There is no question that the economic downturn has made it harder for some Americans to get healthcare and important preventive services,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.

“Community Health Centers provide quality healthcare services to Americans across the country but are a life line for those who have lost coverage or are between jobs,” she said.

“These funds from the Affordable Care Act will help get more people care in some communities where there have not been many options in the past,” Sebelius said.

The grants will support major construction and renovation at community health centers nationwide and build on the more than $2 billion investment in such centers in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the HHS release said.

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